It is clear that the future of the automotive industry is electric. Nowadays, we are witnesses of new hybrid, PHEV, and all-electric models. Crossovers and SUVs are dominating the market, so this segment has the most unfinished projects for the future. More and more startups are there with interesting ideas, which need funding to make the way into production. Of course, there are also proven companies, such as Ford, Nissan, and GM with their concepts.
Let’s see which are the most interesting models whose production didn’t start yet. If you are keen on buying an electric crossover or SUV, but you don’t want to wait, check out our walkthrough for the existing models, their ranges and prices HERE.
Tesla Model Y
The new crossover SUV by a leading manufacturer in the electric segment will arrive next year. But, the production is yet to start. Elon Musk opened the new Shanghai factory, built in less than a year, but the US market will be supplied from the Fremont plant, California.
The carmaker is not going to make the same mistake as for Model X. The new crossover will be affordable and it will still keep the highlights that make Tesla vehicles so special. Standard edition will offer 300 miles of range, or 280 miles if you pick an all-wheel drive. A lighter and cheaper version will offer 230 miles and it will come out late in 2021. The performance model is going to need 3.5 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration and it reaches 150 mph at full speed.
The offer starts at $39,000 and the abovementioned high-output version will have the MSRP of $60,000.
Ford Mach E
The Blue Oval company is serious in attempts to overthrone the Tesla from a leading electric carmaker spot. The newest addition, Ford Mach E SUV, based on Mustang muscle car, is something that drew the attention of the entire industry. This is the crown of the heavy electrification project, in which the company has pumped more than $11 billion. The release date for the Mach E is set for next season.
The electric SUV is going to offer between 230 and 300 miles of range and buyers will be able to choose between RWD and AWD. The price is just under $44,000 for the base setup and you will be eligible for a $7,500 tax refund credit. Standard configuration is about to return 330 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, while the GT edition is the first update we will see by the end of 2021. A power boost will lead to a better sprint and max speed numbers.
Rivian is delivering a couple of the most interesting projects for the electric market. Not only that the company presents the SUV, but also the truck. From the first impressions, we can assume that leading carmakers are taking this young company seriously. And the Rivian R1S already has strong support. Amazon is investing in this manufacturer, which means we could see their all-electric SUV and truck pretty soon.
The bad thing about this model is its starting price. According to the first information, the MSRP will be about $72,000. Well, there is a tax refund, but it still is not enough to make the Rivian R1S affordable and attractive vehicle from this point of view. Plus, it is an unproven company and we can’t support its reliability. On the other hand, buyers of the first electric SUV by Rivian will get 750 hp, 400 miles of range, seven-seat layout, and Level 3 self-driving system.
The Fisker Ocean is one of the most intriguing concepts at this moment. Maybe it is because of the price. The company set the $37,499 tag, which will make it the least expensive model in the same segment with equivalent specs. We must say that the design of the Ocean electric SUV reminds us of Range Rover styling. But, that is not the downside as long as it continues to return between 250 and 300 miles per charge.
A huge battery pack (80 kWh) is going to make the Fisker Ocean reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. What we still don’t know about the SUV is if it is going to be compatible with the existing recharging network. Fans of the project can already pay $250 for reservation and the carmaker will charge the extra warranty (30,000 miles per year). According to reports, the SUV will appear as the 2022 Fisker Ocean.
Nissan Ariya Concept
Ariya is the latest platform we saw from the Japanese giant. The carmaker is not going to be active this season, but starting in 2021, Nissan will bring more new models, with the focus on electric and hybrid units. Well, its Leaf is still the best-selling EV of all time. However, the company slowed down and rivals managed to catch up with Nissan. Ariya concept will underpin the future electric crossovers.
The new model should arrive as the 2021 YM. The range is 300 miles and Ariya is going to beat Leaf’s 226 miles. The price is more than attractive, with the tag under $40,000. The concept could underpin one of the existing vehicles, probably Rogue. Also, we could see Ariya as the new nameplate. One of the coolest addition is going to be the ProPilot 2.0 system and in the future, this SUV is going to offer a Level 4 autonomous drive.
GMC Hummer Electric SUV
Huge updates are arriving from General Motors. The carmaker announced that Hummer is coming back. The story became more interesting when chiefs mentioned an all-electric drivetrain for the iconic SUV. The teaser video aired during the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show featured LeBron James and the shades of a pickup truck. It is still unclear if the GMC Hummer is going to be a truck or an SUV.
The vehicle had three generations before General Motors discontinued Hummer in 2010. However, the nameplate remains recognizable and fans hoped that one of the previous projects could finally make the GM bring back the nameplate. At the time of discontinuation, Hummer had two interesting concepts for the future – a pickup truck and a plug-in hybrid version, which is now turned into an all-electric model. We will monitor updates about the GMC Hummer, which should debut in 2022.
The Mercedes EQC is the first all-electric crossover SUV by a leading German carmaker. However, it hits a delay and the sales didn’t start yet. Mercedes is not going to play with feelings of its fans and we are pretty sure the EQC will be finally here in 2021. As its name suggests, the crossover will be based on the GLC Class. Another predictable thing about the German carmaker is the premium price. The first all-electric EQ model will start at $68,000.
The range of the crossover will be between 275 and 300 miles. Engineers are exploiting the famous 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The sprint time is not impressive as for some previous concepts since this model needs more than 5 seconds for 0-60. At the launch, we will see the EQC Edition 1886. The first electric SUV pays tribute to the first vehicle by the company. The interior is even more luxurious than we expect from Mercedes, so its price will be modified.
Other German carmakers are also on the way to produce electric SUVs. The Audi E-Tron is one of the favorites to appear first. However, this is still a concept, but the test mules are already on the streets. The estimated range of the Audi electric SUV is 204 miles. As you can notice, this is not as impressive as other concepts are offering. The carmaker promises that 10-minute recharge will be enough for the 54-mile trip.
The Audi E-Tron is crunching 400 horsepower from its huge battery pack. This is enough for the 0-60 mph spring in 5.5 seconds. Also, the new E-Tron will be capable to tow up to 4,000 pounds. Air suspension offers five different setups. We can’t wait to see how the off-road mode will work in combination with an electric SUV. The price of this model is going to be $75,000. Again, buyers will be eligible for tax refund and Audi also adds 1,000 kWh of free charging.
BMW Vision iNext
The final carmaker of the big three in the German automotive industry is also about to launch its electric SUV in 2021. The BMW Vision iNext is a cool project and we doubt the production version will look like the prototype. Meanwhile, the company could fulfill the promise and develop Level 4 of autonomous drive. This is something neither Mercedes nor Audi are going to offer any time soon.
While the newest concepts are competing with power outputs, range, and specs, the BMW Vision iNext puts the focus on the interior. Besides the advanced level of autonomous drive, plenty of other features will make the trim more comfortable. Furthermore, the exterior is very aggressive. Rumors report that the iNext will be available in 2021, but any official source is confirming speculations. We are also looking for the specs sheet to see how will BMW respond to challenges from its archrivals.
Spy photos are showing the prototypes of the all-new electric SUV by Volkswagen, based on the I.D. Crozz concept. The VW ID4 should arrive at the upcoming NAIAS. We will see in a few months if the rumors are true. Still, you can expect the production to start in 2022. The ID4 electric SUV will be built in Chattanooga plants, Tennessee.
The new MEB concept underpins the VW ID4 crossover. The company is famous for its MQB and this is the electric successor. Spy shots of the prototypes unveiled a sloped roofline, which means the SUV could get a coupe version. An 82 kWh battery is good for 310 miles of range. Still, the base versions will offer 220-250 miles. Electric motors will be on both axles, delivering 300 hp combined. A super-fast recharging system will be among the quickest in the class.
The Byton M-Byte debuted in 2018 as Byton Concept. Meanwhile, the Chinese company launched the M-Byte sedan. The SUV should arrive at the US shores during this year, according to reports. The new electric model is going to offer 250 miles of range and the price should be around $45,000. The long-range models will cost more and the distance increases to 330 miles.
The highlight of the Chinese electric SUV is a huge 48-inch screen inside the cabin. Touchpads are on the steering wheel and the center console. More advanced features are making this vehicle too futuristic. There is no way that such a model will enter production. Still, Byton will keep some of the highlights when it arrives in the US.
Like Rivian, Bollinger is going to offer an electric sport-utility truck and a pickup truck. These models are called B1 and B2. The first one reminds us of Hummer and it even comes with massive ground clearance. This startup project is still far away from production, but its look and specs are making it interesting. The Bollinger B1 debuted back in 2017 and the initial model was not so powerful as the company is going to make it now.
Dual-motor setup provides 614 horsepower and combined torque is over 675 lb-ft. Car and Driver reviews the 2021 year model, but this magazine started to write clickbait articles to compete with more relevant reports. There is no way that Bollinger will find finances for the production and it is more likely to see their B1 and B2 beyond 2023 season. A six-digit price is certain, but where the SUT is going to land, we will see when the company starts building the vehicle.