The electric BMW i4 will be the third electric car from the BMW Group India, including the recently launched MINI Electric and the iX SUV that went on sale at the end of 2021. More importantly, it will be the first electric sedan in the luxury car space in India. The i4 comes with an 81.5 kWh battery pack that powers the electric motor to produce 330 horsepower and 430 Nm of peak torque. BMW claims that the i4 can offer a range of up to 483 km on a single charge according to the WLTP cycle. The electric vehicle is scheduled to debut in India on April 28, while the market launch is scheduled for May or June 2022.
Kia India is also preparing to launch its first EV, and it comes with a big one – the Kia EV6 crossover. In fact, we were the first to tell you that the electric crossover will be launched in India this year. We were also the first to give you an exclusive review of the electric crossover, which comes with a dual e-AWD system paired with a 77.4 kWh battery that delivers 320 horsepower and 605 Nm of peak torque. With this, the electric crossover Kia EV6 promises a range of about 425 km on a single charge.
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Kia India will open pre-bookings for the electric flagship on May 26, with deliveries to start soon. The new EV6 will arrive on our shores as a fully built unit (CBU) and fetch a price tag of over $50 lakh. Since it is a CBU model, the EV6 will also be available in limited numbers. Only 100 units are allocated for the first year.
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Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai is also preparing to launch an EV6 in India, its EV6 counterpart, the Hyundai IONIQ 5. Hyundai’s electric crossover will arrive later, compared to the EV6, sometime in late October 2022. And yes, we were the first to tell you that too. Interestingly, unlike Kia, Hyundai will locally assemble the IONIQ 5 at its Chennai plant, which will make it much cheaper than the EV6. We expect a price point of 35-40 lakh.
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The electric vehicle comes with two battery pack options, either 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh, and two electric motor layouts, either with a single motor attached to the rear axle or a twin motor, attached to the front and rear axle respectively. The first model also comes paired with an electric all-wheel drive (AWD) system and can produce a combined power of 225 kW (301 hp) and torque of 605 Nm. The SUV comes with a driving range of 481 km and a top speed of 185 km per hour. The IONIQ 5 also saw a triple win at the 2022 World Car Awards, taking the titles EV or Year, Design of the Year, and World Car of the Year.
Recharge the Volvo XC40
The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be the brand’s first electric car in India, and we’ve already driven it. You can find our detailed XC40 Recharge India review on the carandbike website. The SUV will come to India as a fully built unit (CBU), and while pre-bookings will open in June, deliveries are expected to start by October of this year. We expect it to be around 75 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
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Like the regular XC40, the XC40 Recharge is also built on the company’s proprietary Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. The electric SUV comes with a twin-motor electric motor with 150 kW on each axle that develops 402 hp and 660 Nm of torque. The electric motors are powered by a 78 kWh battery which provides an approximate range of 418 km. It can reach 0-100 km / h in 4.9 seconds.
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The Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan will also come to our shores this year and will be the automaker’s flagship electric vehicle in Stuttgart, India. Based on the Mercedes-Benz EVA platform, the luxury electric sedan will be available in two trim levels – the EQS 450+ and the EQS 580 4MATIC. The EQS 450+ is the base variant that features a single electric motor on the rear axle and generates 328 horsepower and 568 Nm of torque. The EQS 580 4MATIC is a range-topping AWD trim that gets electric motors on both the front and rear axles. Total output here is 516 hp and torque of 855 Nm, which is good for sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. The EQS sedan comes equipped with a 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, which promises a WLTP-certified driving range of up to 770 km on a full charge. The vehicle comes with a standard 11 kW internal charger with an optional 22 kW supercharger.
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Tata Nixon Long Range
Coming to mass-market electric vehicles, Tata Motors is also expected to release a long-range version of its best-selling electric vehicle, the Nexon EV. The Nexon EV is currently the best-selling electric passenger vehicle in the country, and the long-range version is expected to boost sales further, addressing range concern among consumers. Technical details are unknown at the moment, however, it has been reported that the EV will get a larger 40 kWh battery pack instead of the current 30.3 kWh unit, which should actually provide a range of more than 400 km with one charge. We expect the long-range Nexon EV to go on sale in India in the second half of 2022.
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TATA Altros EV
Another long-awaited electric vehicle from Tata Motors is the Altrose EV. While the car was expected to launch in 2021, challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the company to postpone the launch. Additionally, Tata says that since it first revealed the Altroz EV concept, the EV landscape has changed as well as customer expectations, which has prompted the company to change its game plan for the luxury electric hatchback. However, we think 2022 could be the year Tata finally launches the Altroz EV. The EV is built on the all-new Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) platform and will use powertrain proprietary Ziptron technology.
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