La chasse à la Model 3 est ouverte : voici cinq berlines électriques qui veulent manger du Tesla

La chasse à la Model 3 est ouverte : voici cinq berlines électriques qui veulent manger du Tesla

2023 should not be an easy year for Tesla. After having allowed it to put an end to the plasters of the electricity market, the traditional manufacturers have decided to put an end to it.
Indeed, if most have opted for good large SUVs for their first 100% electric vehicles, the time seems to have come to look for the Californian manufacturer in its favorite field, that of sedans.

While the Model S and Model 3 seemed untouchable so far, new productions from Mercedes, Volkswagen and some long-toothed Chinese automakers could shuffle the cards again. The hunt for Tesla has already begun, will you tell us? It is true that Audi with the e-tron RS, Mercedes with the EQS and Porsche with its Taycan have already worn the first banderillas, but we are talking about luxury cars, whose price far exceeds 100,000 euros. The new generation of sedans, which should hit the road at the end of 2022 and in 2023, will have, in addition to its intrinsic qualities, the advantage of competing with Tesla on the price side. Especially since, for a few weeks now, Tesla no longer has the benefit of a particularly attractive price. Now that the small sedan can no longer benefit from the full-time ecological bonus, its price of 53,490 euros makes it more vulnerable.

Here are the five electric sedan models best equipped to test the Tesla Model 3:

Mercedes EQE: the little brother of the EQS plays the luxury card

Hard to find more methodical than the brand with the star in its electrical strategy. After concentrating its efforts on its most premium model, the EQS, Mercedes bets on runoff and turns the rest of its range into electric. As such, the EQE has everything of a mini EQS, in terms of size, of course, but also performance.

Better yet, the electric E-class has all the arguments to go hunting in Tesla land and more. With the driving pleasure characteristic of Mercedes sedans, a higher trim level than Tesla, one of the best infotainment systems on the market and almost 700 km of autonomy, the EQE combines the strengths. Its price, on the other hand, makes it closer to the Model S than to the Model A, which could lead some future buyers to wait for an electric version of the C-Class (which unfortunately will not be the excellent EQXX concept).

His main strength : a mini EQS
his biggest weakness : its price (79,300 euros)
Annoying potential for Tesla : 8/10

Ioniq 6: the most serious rival?

What if it was the most serious competitor to the Model 3? Hyundai’s electric sedan has been making headlines for some time now. Even before its formalization at the end of June, it was a scarecrow for the Model 3. Since its manufacturer revealed its design and technical characteristics, the rivalry has only become more evident. With its 239 kW (325 hp) motor, its 605 Nm torque and its 0 to 100 km/h time of 5.1 seconds, it promises to be more efficient than the Tesla Model 3 propulsion (6.1 seconds). It should also surpass it in terms of autonomy. In fact, with its impressive coefficient of drag (Cd of 0.21) and its 77 kWh battery, the Ioniq 6 aims to go more than 600 km on a single charge. This is again 100km better than the entry level Tesla. And what about the fast charging capacity. The Ioniq 6 can handle 400V and 800V loads. With a 350kW terminal, the battery goes from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. It’s simple, to be able to compete with Tesla, you have to look at the Long Autonomy version, the most similar in terms of technical characteristics. This one is sold for 62,490 euros, all the same.

Obviously, prices have not yet been announced by Hyundai for this electric sedan, but given that an Ioniq 5 starts at 46,500 euros, it is difficult to imagine that the Korean will go beyond this price level. In fact, the Ioniq 6 already looks like the Model 3’s most serious rival.

His main strength : value for money
his biggest weakness : none
Annoying potential for Tesla : 10/10

Volkswagen Aero/ID.7: the wagon is electrified

We already know a lot about Volkswagen’s future sedan. And yet, the official presentation of the Aero concept took place only last June. Volkswagen’s first 100% electric sedan looks set to give birth to a Passat! Indeed, the ID. Aero, which will probably be renamed ID.7 when it is released. In fact, considering its measurements, the German electric sedan could be more at odds with the Tesla Model S. It’s its price positioning that risks pitting it against Tesla’s entry-level (probably in Performance trim).

In fact, the ID.7 will have the advantage of taking up an architecture already known by the VW group, the famous MEB, the limits of which it will push to the maximum. So the motor and battery parts should have few surprises (the 77 kWh block might be the only one in the game). On the other hand, the work of VW engineers seems to have concentrated on the consumption of the vehicle. It already boasts 620 km of autonomy, a very interesting performance that it obtains thanks to its aerodynamic coefficient of 0.23. Streamlined, efficient, and probably less expensive than other German electric sedans, the ID.7 is a serious challenger.

His main strength : a very coherent whole
his biggest weakness : your platform starting date
Annoying potential for Tesla : 7/10

NIO ET7: the surprise challenger

In this list of contenders, NIO is possibly the least known of the five, but not the least ambitious. The Chinese manufacturer has just landed in Europe, more precisely in Norway, and should expand to the Old Continent in the coming months. Its launch model on this side of the globe is the ET7, an electric sedan with an incredible quality/price ratio.

Indeed, for 3,500 euros more than the basic Tesla, the ET7 offers a technical sheet… worthy of the Model S. 480 kW (653 hp) motor, 850 Nm torque and a battery that ranges from 75 kWh to 150 kWh, for a minimum of 550 km of autonomy… The Chinese electric saloon clearly does not lack arguments. Finally, the only weak point of ET7 is the lack of reference of NIO in our regions. Without a doubt, this is what risks penalizing her in her match against Tesla. Unless the quality / price ratio ends up convincing the skeptics.

His main strength : its price
his biggest weakness : unknown to the general public
Annoying potential for Tesla : 7/10

Audi A6 e-tron: a unique style

After having more than multiplied the number of 100% electric SUVs in its catalogue, Audi is finally attacking sedans. The hoops brand took its time, but its first livery, with the A6, should be worth its weight in peanuts. Developed on the group’s new platform, PPE, like the Porsche Macan, has 800 V technology that would allow it to go from 10 to 80% battery in less than 20 minutes.

In addition to solid technical arguments, the Audi A6 e-tron can also count on a specially worked style, breaking with its thermal version. Finally, if Audi’s electric sedan in its classic version was too soft to attack Tesla, it could count on solid reinforcements in the months following its commercialization with a family version and a sports version, the RS. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected sometime in 2023, without further details.

His main strength : your sportsmanship
his biggest weakness : its very late arrival on the market
Annoying potential for Tesla : 8/10

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