Electric SUVs Take Charge

Three new electric SUV concepts have been announced this month. The first announcement came from Mercedes-Benz when they gave us the Mercedes EQC that is set to begin production in 2019, then BMW offered their version, the iNext (due to begin selling in 2021) and most recently Audi announced the e-tron. This one is going to be the first one that consumers can get their hands on, starting as early as next year.

2019 Audi e-tron Exterior
2019 Audi e-tron Interior

Audi designed with the US luxury market in mind. It’s designed and built for the more conservative luxury driver. It definitely looks like the rest of the Audi SUV line. There are some really impressive bits of tech inside but no gimmicks like Tesla’s falcon wing doors, panoramic windshield, or giant tech screen Model X.

Initial European testing indicates the vehicle will have somewhere around 400 horsepower, and a range of around 400 Km (250 Miles), we don’t know exactly what changes will have to occur to make the vehicle pass the US regulations and testing.

Production of the Audi e-tron SUV has already begun in Belgium, with deliveries to drivers in the US scheduled to begin in mid-2019.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Interior

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is a lot like the GLC on the outside. The inside is where the electric luxury vehicle shines. The interior is dominated by massive widescreen displays that serve both as the main instrument panel and the infotainment system.

Mercedes-Benz did not announce any price points but they did release some stats. Design estimates are 402 horsepower and a range of “up to 200 miles” between chargings. The Mercedes Benz EQC will enter production in 2019 and goes on sale here in the US in 2020.

BMW-Vision-iNEXT-ext
BMW-Vision-iNEXT-int

BMW’s iNext is definitely the on the extreme end of the design spectrum, with the look and feel of a pure concept car. The interior is like something from a modern art gallery or chic hotel. Since the vehicle is still so early in its design very few details about price or performance are available.

 

Bradley Pierce

This geek is the co-creator of and producer for ZFO Entertainment, a writer for ZFOnline, and also a filmmaker and was the original voice of Chip in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and actor from Jumanji, and The Borrowers.

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