Welcome to the first EVision blog post of 2023. To kick off 2023 we think it would be fun to look at the electric vehicles that are slated to come out this year, or at least go into production within the next 12 months.
There will be some familiar names in the list. Have a read on and let us know what you think. Are you looking forward to any of these vehicles? Are there any that we haven’t mentioned (there are loads!). Get in touch and let us know on our social media channels. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
I have chosen 5 electric vehicles that are coming this year as there are far too many to cover them all. Here I will kick things off by looking at the Kia EV9.
Kia has a tough act to follow. Their previous efforts, the Kia e-Niro and the Kia EV6 have both picked up a multitude of awards, including the much coveted WhatCar? Car of the Year Award when they were released. The EV9 will have to be pretty special.
To be honest, the shape of the concept design was incredibly controversial and not one that I particularly liked. It was literally a massive box on wheels. However, Kia has seen the light and the silhouette of the production version does seem to have been softened on the edges.
The vehicle is very reminiscent of a Range Rover and will surely be very popular. In fact, the EV9 is based on the petrol and diesel Kia vehicle, the Telluride. This vehicle became so popular in the US that it is virtually impossible to get one. The demand was insane.
What we know, or at least think we know, so far about the EV9 is that it will be built on the E-GMP EV platform (like the EV6 and the Ioniq 5), it will possibly have suicide rear doors, the range will be around 300 miles, solar panels will be built into the roof and that it will fit 7 people. Of course, until the official launch a lot of this is just speculation.
The Audi A6 E-Tron
Another of the e-tron family will be making an appearance in 2023. This time it is the A6 (does anybody know what happened to the Q numbers and why they have swapped letters in the series?).
What we know about the new Audi A6 e-tron is that it is going to be a saloon/coupe electric vehicle with really nice curves to help aid aerodynamics. Some have said that this new Audi will be a rival to the upcoming BMW i5, the Tesla Model 3 and the Tesla model S. We look forward to more details and specs coming out closer to the release date.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
There is no doubt that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 was a huge success when it was first released (and it still is). Any car that follows the revolutionary introduction to the electric vehicles market by the Korean manufacturer will have to be pretty special if it is going to have any impact. The Ioniq 6, at first glance, could quite well follow in its siblings footsteps.
When I look at this car I have three words that immediately spring to mind, “Bond, James Bond”. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 would not look out of place with 007 behind the wheel. It is a seriously impressive looking vehicle and one that will be turning heads at the upcoming EV shows. I cannot wait to see it in the metal.
What we know so far about the specifications is that it comes with a 77kWh battery that will provide around 320 miles of range. It is said that an extended range version will be coming later in the year which will provide around 382 miles. Not bad at all!
Polestar has a couple of electric vehicles coming in 2023. However, we will be looking at the Polestar 3 (the other one will be the Polestar 4).
The Polestar 3 will be a large SUV style car. The performance of the Polestar 3 will be quite phenomenal as well. There is a quoted top speed of 130mph, with the Polestar 3 being able to reach 62mph in around 5 seconds. The long-range version of the vehicle will have an impressive range of up to 379 miles (348 on the performance model), coming from a large 111kWh battery.
If the Polestar 3 is anything like the Polestar 2, this will be a very popular car on the road.
One electric car that I am very excited to see on its release is the Fiat Panda. The Panda name is synonymous with their use as police cars in the last century. So this really is the return of a familiar retro name.
Fiat are starting a program of rolling out affordable electric vehicles in the next few years. This compact SUV is only at the start of this five-year plan.
Built on Stellantis CMP electric vehicle architecture, the Panda SUV promises to be a small, boxy city dwelling car, as were the original vehicles of the 1980’s. There is definitely a huge demand for small and affordable electric vehicles, so we are sure that the Fiat Panda will be a roaring success.