New electric SUVs coming in 2023
The smallest BMW SUV will soon spawn an electric counterpart. The iX1 takes the familiar five-door shape of the X1 body and replaces anything to do with petrol with electricity and batteries. Two electric motors promise snappy acceleration, but it comes at a premium; the $82,900 plus on-road costs price tag is almost 30 per cent more than a petrol variant.
Though the news hans't been confirmed yet, the EV9 large electric SUV is expected to make it to Australia some time later in 2023. With bold styling and a futuristic cabin showcased in the EV9 concept car, expect seating for up to eight people and a six-figure price tag.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Hyundai is expecting to get hold of more supply of its popular Ioniq 5 throughout 2023, making it easier to buy. But it’s the imminent arrival of the N-version that has many excited. The Ioniq 5 N will comfortably be the fastest production car to wear a Hyundai badge when it arrives late in the year (there’s a chance it could slip into 2024).
Hyundai Kona EV update
There’s nothing official yet, but a replacement for the ageing Kona is expected to be revealed early in the year before making its way Down Under around mid-year. An EV version – which would continue to fill the role of Hyundai’s most affordable EV – should arrive later in the year
Kia EV6 GT
Kia’s EV excitement kicks off early in the year with the arrival of the EV6 GT. Big performance from its dual-motor setup ushers in a new level of performance for the brand – and its first six-figure price tag. Boasting 430kW, it’s claimed to hit 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds.
Lexus RZ 450e
The Lexus equivalent of the bZ4X will likely start around $100,000, but it’ll also bring some interesting innovations, including the option of a yoke-style steering wheel which looks like it’s been ripped from an airplane . The steering wheel is a quarter of the size of a traditional wheel and is rectangular in shape, rather than a traditional circle. Early reports say that it takes some getting used to, but does offer a unique driving experience.
The Trademark Lexus attention to detail and a 10-year battery warranty should help distinguish it from the contenders in the mid-sized SUV space.
The French brand’s electric journey kicks off in 2023 with at least three new battery electric models. Details are yet to be confirmed, but expect an EV version of the 2008 compact SUV to provide some European flair in the compact electric SUV space.