Voiture électrique, le retour de la revanche des berlines

VW ID Aero

Several electric sedans will hit the market in the coming months. What to outshine the armies of off-roaders?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but as manufacturers flood the market with electric SUVs, for various reasons already mentioned several times, driving these types of machines seems increasingly unpopular.

Accused of all evils (polluting, being dangerous for pedestrians, taking up too much space, etc.), SUVs are now also the target of hordes of “activists” who have found nothing better than deflating their tires to supposedly save the planet when they are parked. . The worst thing is that electric SUVs are no exception to these somewhat stupid actions. That being the case, nothing very surprising, political environmentalism has declared war on the car for a long time, whatever its mode of propulsion, and what is certain is that the electric will not escape its secular arm for a long time. Next will probably come electric bikes, then muscle bikes. Then the shoes.

So will sedans long escape the blind vengeance of these valve Che Guevaras? Is not safe. In the meantime, it seems that they still haven’t caught the attention of his avenging hand.

All the more reason to take a look at the current market and take a small inventory of the forces present, with promising innovations that are about to land in 2023. In fact, if we count the current models that are already on the market in Europe, such as the Tesla Model 3 and S, the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT, the Mercedes EQS and the BMW i4, we can count on more than a dozen electric sedans available, say in the next 18 months. I don’t know about you, but personally it makes me happy.

What cars are we talking about? Of these.

hyundai ioniq 6

hyundai ioniq 6

Gradually revealed as part of a sneak peek that lasted several months, the Ioniq 6 was finally officially unveiled in its final outfit at the end of June. We were there. Of course, as is often the case in this case, the version that will be marketed no longer looks much like the first living room prototypes, but the idea is there. That of a fairly long car (almost 5 meters) and very stylized, with a line that leaves no one indifferent -which means no wooden language that we love or hate-, a front end with a very eighties design and an interior that It has all the characteristics of an excellent cousin. The machine will probably take up the characteristics of the Ioniq 5, with which it shares the E-GMP platform, with an 800-volt architecture that allows very fast recharging and a 77 kW battery, which guarantees a range that could reach 600 kilometers. . (that is, between 400 and 450 in real life, which is not so bad anymore).

Audi A6 etron

Audi A6 etron

The manufacturer with the four rings has made it a priority to go electric, and promises a fully electrified range in 2030. The transition is already underway since Audi already has no less than 3 models and 6 100% electric versions in its catalog . However (see above), four of the six models are currently SUVs, and Audi does not intend to forget its customers accustomed to large and comfortable sedans. The Audi A6 e-tron concept unveiled in 2021 in Shanghai is timely and shows what the electric midsize sedan of the future will look like. If we believe the figures advanced by the brand, the sedan, which looks superb if its line is true to the concept presented, can travel about 700 km on a single charge according to WLTP data. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected to arrive in 2023.

bmw i7

bmw i7

After the i4, which has been reaching early customers for a few months and seeing good critical success, BMW has shown it was a quick learner in its transition to electric. And it has only just begun, since the Bavarian manufacturer is already preparing the arrival of an electric 7 Series, simply called i7. The design is likely to be quite devastating (if it does not fall into some rather heavy flaws that can be seen in particular in its electric SUVs), but of course the level of luxury of this new great German should continue with the tradition of excellence of the Series 7. , in an electric version, and necessarily very high-tech. In terms of power and autonomy, BMW announces 544 hp and more than 600 km of autonomy. At a high price of course since it will cost at least 135,000 euros for a “basic” version, but already richly endowed.

mercedes eqe

mercedes eqe

In terms of finishes (obviously), size, equipment, driving pleasure, comfort and autonomy, the Mercedes EQE could well represent something like the ideal electric saloon. This mid-range flagship announces a range that ranges from 459 to 712 kilometers depending on the version, and its next-generation MBUX infotainment system promises to be one of the most advanced on the market, especially when displayed on the Hyperscreen, this impressive touch screen that covers the entire dashboard. Although Mercedes goes to great lengths to hide its prices, either on its website or in the “Prices” brochure to download in PDF in which… they do not appear, we know that the EQE will start at 75,000 euros if we rely on the configurator Clearly It’s not Mr. Everyman’s car, but it’s ultimately relatively reasonable in terms of the benefits of the beast.

Volkswagen ID AERO

Volkswagen ID.  AERIAL

A good “classic” sedan that won’t really surprise you with its audacious shapes or its technical characteristics, but will surely do its job. Volkswagen has had some trouble rolling out its first electric models, particularly with a promising ID.3, but that may have come too soon with its share of teething problems, particularly in terms of finish and ignition reliability. on-board computing. . All of this now seems to be a thing of the past, and the lineage is affirmed with the ID.4 and ID.5. The future ID.7 sedan shows a successful pencil stroke, which also translates into a CX of 0.23 and an efficiency that would allow around 600 kilometers of autonomy.

lucid air

lucid air

An “exotic” car that is not yet marketed in Europe, but it will not take long for the American manufacturer to open a representation in Germany. The Lucid Air is a bit of the electric sedan of all superlatives. More powerful than a last generation Tesla Model S, it also offers better range, to the point of being the longest range production car in the world with more than 830 kilometers according to the EPA standard (therefore even more according to the European WLTP standard). This car represents the best of today’s electric sedans, so much so that it literally cast a spell on our colleague Soufyane during his exclusive test drive a few weeks ago. Of course, skeptics will retort that “more” is not necessarily “better” and that a car of this weight, this power and this price is not really in line with the desired sobriety when it comes to a bit of the environment.

CHILD ET7

CHILD ET7

Already available in Norway, the NIO ET7 is a Chinese sedan (sorry, but it’s a bit unavoidable in the market we’re interested in) that offers many advantages. It has two motors, one at the front and one at the rear. These combine a power of 480 kW, or 650 horses, and the sedan has a torque of 850 Nm. Thanks to this horsepower, the electric sedan can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. But the Nio ET7 could also make a difference with its three battery packs of 70 kWh, 100 kWh and 150 kWh, which would allow it a range ranging from 500 to 1,000 kilometers.

XPeng P7

XPeng P7

Come on, a small last – also Chinese – for the road, and no less important. A saloon without great surprises on the side of the line, but that also has some under the hood. I had the opportunity to sit on board for a first static drive during the EVS35 show in Oslo last June and was impressed by two things: the level of finish and comfort on board, and the fluidity and number of operating system commands. Not to mention the option of electric opening of the front scissor doors simply by pressing the central screen (or by voice command). It’s not really essential, but it is if you want to show off a bit. Now also available in Norway, it offers two engines. The first is a powered version showing 196 kW of power, or 266 horsepower. The second version has four-wheel drive and two motors for a total output of 410 horsepower.

Sony Vision-S 01

Sony Vision-S 01

The surprise of the CES in Las Vegas 2020, or when an electronics giant boasts of launching an electric car (and connected, of course). What initially seemed like a pure styling exercise has become a concept very close to reality in a few months, and now we know that Sony will produce this car in association with Honda. Or an elegant saloon with lines that in turn evoke the Porsche Taycan or the Hyundai Ioniq 6. In terms of performance, we would be in an honorable 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. However, we don’t know anything about the autonomy, and the launch date is a little beyond the scope of this article, since we are talking about 2025. But it was worth mentioning… and maybe waiting.

In conclusion

That’s it, that’s all for now, but it’s not bad at all, although you may have noticed that no French woman appears in this inventory, and that we don’t see a trace of them on the horizon, not even far away. Having said that, we will content ourselves with this list, of course waiting for the really ideal sedan, the one we all want, which will therefore have the lines of an Audi, the efficiency of a Tesla, the finish of a Mercedes, the charging power of a Hyundai and car technology from a Lucid. All for less than 40,000 euros of course, all options included. And French if possible, let’s go crazy.

Where do we sign?

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