Electric cars coming soon: Vauxhall Corsa-e, Jaguar XJ, Alfa Romeo Alfieri
Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...
On sale Early 2020
Vauxhall sees the electric variant as so important to the Corsa’s future that it has chosen to reveal it ahead of the combustion-engined models.
Called the Corsa-e, it uses a 134bhp motor and a 50kWh lithium ion battery that’s good for a range of 211 miles between charges on the official WLTP test cycle. That matches the figure of its sister car, the Peugeot e-208 (due to go on sale around the same time), and compares favourably with today’s Renault Zoe, which manages just 188 miles.
On sale Late 2019
Like today's Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, the BMW iX3 has a motor on each axle, giving it four-wheel drive. Aesthetically, it stands out from other X3 models by dint of its closed-off grille and smoother bodywork with blue accents.
An anticipated official range of 249 miles matches exactly what the E-tron manages, while prices are predicted to start at £56,000.
On sale 2020
While today’s XJ is a fairly conventional luxury saloon, next year’s replacement will be exclusively sold as an electric car, making it a direct rival to the Tesla Model S.
The XJ will also switch from a four-door layout to a five-door one, potentially boosting practicality. Powered by two electric motors driving all four wheels, it will serve as a technological showcase for Jaguar.
Audi E-tron Sportback
On sale 2020
Soon after the regular E-tron SUV goes on sale, Audi will follow it up with a coupé-like Sportback version, previewed by 2017’s Elaine concept.
It uses the same 402bhp dual-motor powertrain as the E-tron and should deliver a range of up to 250 miles. Plus, like the E-tron, the Sportback will be able to control its own acceleration, braking and steering in certain situations.
On sale 2020
One year after the conventionally powered Alfieri goes on sale in 2019, an all-electric version of the two-seat sports car will be launched. No details have been released, but the car’s styling should stay true to the original Alfieri concept of 2014.
As for the regular Alfieri, this will come with a V6 engine rather than the originally planned V8, because of strict new limits for CO2 emissions.
Tesla Model 3
On sale Summer 2019
Tesla’s smallest and cheapest car to date is an electric rival for executive saloons such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.
It should cost from about £35,000 in the UK, and our early drive in one has suggested that it’s both engaging to drive and practical enough for most families. However, unlike Model S and Model X owners, those who buy a Model 3 won’t have any free access to Tesla’s Superchargers.
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