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What's New With Electric Vehicles for 2023?

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The 2022 model year was an inflection point for all-electric vehicles as more automakers brought a wider variety of EVs to the market, and it’s not slowing down. The 2023 model year is expanding that universe, with most built on new EV-specific platforms. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of newly available EVs for the 2023 model year — or that are at least planned. The usual EV caveats remain: With continuing supply and production restraints, some promised models might be delayed or even slip back to the 2024 model year. (Note that all prices mentioned include destination charges.)

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New Electric Vehicles for 2023

BMW i7

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BMW’s redesign of its flagship 7 Series sedan includes a new i7 electric version. The i7 xDrive60 is BMW’s third EV, joining the smaller i4 sedan and iX SUV. With all-wheel drive, the i7 shares the new front and rear styling, minimalist interior and tech of the other versions, but it’s powered by dual electric motors putting out a combined 536 horsepower and 549 pounds-feet of torque. It is EPA-rated for up to 318 miles of range on its 101.7-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Pricing starts at more than $120,000.

Cadillac Lyriq

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Cadillac’s Lyriq SUV finally has arrived — the brand had been promoting it since 2020 and even made it the star of a Super Bowl ad. Cadillac’s first EV rides a version of GM’s Ultium platform with a 102-kWh battery pack. The Lyriq offers single-motor rear-wheel drive or dual-motor AWD, and it’s EPA-rated for up to 312 miles of range. The SUV’s design includes futuristic LED lighting elements and a luxury interior with a 33-inch display. Tech features include Regen on Demand, a system with a steering wheel paddle that controls how quickly the Lyriq comes to a stop without needing to use the brake pedal and energy regeneration. Optional is GM’s Super Cruise system for hands-free driving on mapped roads. Pricing starts at about $63,000 for RWD and about $65,000 with AWD.

Fisker Ocean

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This EV company is the latest startup from designer Henrik Fisker (not to be confused with his earlier company that created the short-lived Karma plug-in hybrid sedan). Reservations are open for its first vehicle, the Ocean five-seat SUV, and Fisker is using a Tesla-like direct-to-consumer sales model rather than franchised dealers. Three available trim levels range from the front-wheel drive Sport that starts at about $40,000 to the two-motor AWD Extreme at about $70,000. Features and options include a solar roof, a 17.1-inch touchscreen that can rotate between portrait and landscape orientation, and a “California Mode” that opens the roof and all the side and rear glass for open-air driving. A launch edition called the One is sold out, and production of the other trims will start when all of the Ones are delivered. EPA ratings have not been posted, but Fisker estimates a range of up to 350 miles for the Extreme.

Genesis GV60

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This new Genesis GV60 small SUV shares a platform with its corporate cousins, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 that rolled out for 2022, but adds a more coupelike upscale design and airy luxury interior. Tech options include keyless facial recognition to unlock the car and a fingerprint authentication button that starts the GV60 and remembers your driver settings. Also flashy is a lighted ball on the center console that turns over to be the gear selector when the car turns on. The base model’s two-motor AWD system puts out 314 hp, and the Performance AWD version offers 429 hp with available 10-second boost to 483 hp. The GV60 shares its corporate cousins’ fast charging up to 350 kW and capability to use the SUV to power external accessories or appliances. Range is modest for its class, with an EPA-rated maximum of 248 miles, but the GV60 offers luxury value at a starting price of about $60,000. Availability, however, currently is limited to California and select states — mostly those with zero-emission mandates.

Genesis Electrified GV70

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Unlike the futuristic GV60, the GV70 is an EV hiding in plain sight. It keeps the looks, features and options of the gas-powered GV70 two-row mid-size SUV, but it uses an electric powertrain. The EV will roll out soon in limited markets. Most U.S. details — including range rating, battery size and pricing — are still to come, but Genesis says it will have AWD and a total system output of 429 hp, plus a Boost Mode button to add 54 hp in a 10-second burst. It also features two-way charging, allowing the vehicle battery to be used for power output of up to 3.6 kilowatts for accessories or appliances, and fast charging up to 350 kW.

Genesis Electrified G80

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As with the GV70, this plain-clothes electric sedan has all the style, features and options that make the gasoline G80 an appealing luxury car but with a battery electric AWD powertrain. Output is 365 hp, EPA-rated range is 282 miles and prices start at about $80,000. Cars.com Managing Editor Joe Bruzek found it to be the most luxurious and fun-to-drive version of the G80.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

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Soon joining Hyundai’s angular Ioniq 5 SUV will be a swoopy, streamlined and more grown-up Ioniq 6 sedan (not a hatchback). It shares the Ioniq 5’s platform, RWD or AWD powertrains with up to 320 hp, and 53- and 77.4-kWh battery choices; it also comes with fast-charging capability up to 350 kW and the ability to power external accessories or appliances. Features and options also are similar, and while the Ioniq 6 has the same wheelbase, the body is about 8 inches longer and the roofline about 4 inches lower than the Ioniq 5’s. Hyundai estimates the sleeker shape will allow a maximum range of 340 miles, up from the EPA-rated maximum of 303 miles for the SUV. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Kia EV6 GT

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OK, it’s just a new performance version of the rocket-styled Kia EV6 that arrived for 2022, but this one is a rocket — and more affordable than many performance EVs at about $63,000 to start. The EV6 GT takes all the attributes (for good or ill) of the EV6 and ratchets up the fun with a dual-motor AWD powertrain with a total output of 576 hp and 545 pounds-feet of torque; Kia estimates 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. EPA-rated range is just 206 miles versus 282 for the long-range EV6, but fun isn’t free.

Lexus RZ 450e

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Lexus is taking preorders for its first full EV, the RZ 450e. The new RZ brings Lexus looks and a posher Lexus interior to the EV platform it shares with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but it’s longer for more space and adds more zip with a dual-motor AWD system good for up to 312 hp. Pricing and lots of feature and spec details remain to be filled in before launch, but Lexus estimates maximum range will be about 220 miles — modest for its luxury set. The brand also says that the RZ 450e has an advanced electronic AWD system. Lexus has, however, made no mention for the U.S. of an optional steer-by-wire all-electronic steering system and yoke steering control destined for some markets.

Mercedes-EQ EQE Sedan

mercedes-benz-eqe-sedan-2023-01-exterior-front-angle 2023 Mercedes-EQ EQE Sedan | Cars.com photo by Leslie Hilliard

Mercedes’ second electric sedan is in most ways a shorter and less expensive version of the top-of-the line EQS Sedan. The EQE Sedan’s swoopy styling is as polarizing, its luxury as opulent and its tech as sophisticated as the EQS. The car leans more to posh than rival Tesla, though it’s less sporty, and there’s a full range of standard and optional tech, as well as Mercedes pampering features. Three versions are available: the RWD 350+, 350 4Matic with AWD and more powerful AWD 500 4Matic. A 90.6-kWh battery pack is standard, and Mercedes estimates the EQE Sedan’s maximum range rating will be 305 miles. Pricing starts at about $76,000 for the base variant.

Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV

mercedes-eq-eqe-suv-2023-01-exterior-front-angle-charging-oem 2023 Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV | Manufacturer image

Like the EQS SUV, the new EQE SUV is a variation on a theme, putting a more practical five-seat SUV shape around the platform, along with most of the interior luxury and features of the EQE Sedan. The styling is more conventional than the sedan, but it’s roomier (particularly in the rear seat) and more utilitarian. The EQE SUV will start with three versions, all with a 90.6-kWh battery pack; a hotter AMG model is promised for later. The lineup includes the RWD 350+, AWD 350 4Matic and a higher-performance AWD 500 4Matic. The SUV shares most of the sedan’s interior, including the option of the Hyperscreen, a 56-inch triple-display setup under a single piece of curved glass. Range estimates and pricing are still to be announced.

Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV

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The big dog of Mercedes’ expanding EQ sub-brand is the EQS SUV. Like the EQE SUV, it’s essentially a taller, more practical version of its swoopy EQS Sedan sibling, and it also resembles Mercedes’ popular GLS conventional SUV. Like the EQS Sedan, the SUV is posher than rival Teslas, shooting for quiet elegance over sporty driving. The interior design and materials are pretty much from the sedan, and you can have the enormous 56-inch Hyperscreen mentioned above. Three versions include the RWD 450+, AWD 450 4Matic and higher-performance AWD 580 4Matic. The 107.8-kWh battery is good for an EPA-rated 305 miles of range with the base variant; that drops to 285 for the AWD models. Pricing starts at just under $106,000.

Nissan Ariya

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More than a decade ago, Nissan rolled out the Leaf, the first EV for the U.S. masses. Now comes a much-delayed second act, the Ariya compact SUV. Front-drive versions are available now; AWD models will follow soon. The Ariya is about the size of Nissan’s Rogue but with a sloped roofline, and it takes on the electric SUV competition with decent range, a friendly cabin design and advanced driver-assist tech. Interior features include a power-sliding center console and a storage bin and tray that slide out from the dashboard. New Nissan tech making its debut on the EV is ProPilot Park, which can park the vehicle in perpendicular and parallel spots, and the latest ProPilot Assist that allows hands-free driving on mapped highways. The Ariya has six trim levels and two battery sizes — a 63-kWh battery good for an EPA-rated 216 miles or an 87-kWh battery offering up to 304 miles, each with FWD. Nissan estimates AWD range will be up to 270 miles. Pricing starts at about $45,000.

Subaru Solterra

subaru-solterra-2023-6-blue-dynamic-exterior-front-angle-suv-sm 2023 Subaru Solterra | Manufacturer image

Subaru’s first battery-electric car is a roomy compact SUV developed jointly with Toyota’s bZ4X SUV. Befitting a Subaru, the Solterra is offered in the U.S. only in dual-motor AWD form. Its X-Mode drive system features Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes, as well as Grip Control and Downhill Assist Control for low-friction and off-road driving conditions. The Solterra has 8.3 inches of ground clearance and combined system output of 215 hp. Its charging capabilities mirror the bZ4X’s (see below), and its EPA-rated ranges of up to 222 or 228 miles are the same as AWD versions of the Toyota. Pricing starts at just over $46,000.

Toyota bZ4X

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Toyota’s first all-electric car is a very Toyota EV with Toyota SUV looks and no spaceship-like interior design or controls — just a normal Toyota that drives like one but happens to have an electric powertrain. The only thing weird about it is the impossible-to-remember name. The bZ4X compact SUV is roomy and slightly bigger in most dimensions than a RAV4. It offers two trim levels, FWD or AWD, and mostly familiar Toyota tech and safety features, though a Toyota first is the option of a front-seat radiant foot-and-leg heater. Cars.com Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman noted in his review that the bZ4X’s Level 2 and high-speed charging capabilities and maximum EPA-rated range of up to 252 miles are a beat or two behind the class leaders for distance travel. Pricing starts at about $43,000.

VinFast VF8 and VF9

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VinFast is a Vietnamese automaker making a big push to enter the U.S. market with its VF8 five-seat SUV and a related seven-seat VF9 to follow. Details are slim so far, though the brand did allow some access to the VF8 at the 2022 New York auto show, and the first 999 VF8s recently landed in California, where the brand has opened a few stores. Notably, VinFast will offer a novel battery subscription program in which you buy the vehicle but lease the battery; the brand keeps ownership of the battery and eventually will handle its post-automotive use or recycling. VinFast says the VF8’s two trim levels have two-motor AWD powertrains, an 87.7-kWh battery and a starting price of about $60,000. The larger VF9 will have a 123-kWh battery pack and a $85,000 starting price. The company says the first VF8s have been EPA-certified for 179 miles of range but a software update will improve that.

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Looking Ahead

A flood of new EVs is on the way for the 2024 and 2025 model years in case you want to wait to buy and instead spend your money this year installing a home charger. If already-announced plans work out, there could be as many as 74 different EVs available in North America by 2025, Reuters reports. They will include expanded lineups for some automakers, first EVs from others and a full plate of electric pickup trucks. Some EVs planned for the next few years have only been teased, while others we’ve seen in concept or even near-production form.

The pickups planned include electrified versions of the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 — and perhaps the Tesla Cybertruck. Sedans will range from the subcompact Fiat 500e to the mid-size BMW i5, Audi A6 e-Tron, Volkswagen ID.7 and possibly the Indi One sedan from startup IndiEV. Sports cars will include the Lotus Eletre, Maserati GranTurismo Folgore, a limited-edition DeLorean Alpha 5 gull-wing and possibly the much-awaited return of the Tesla Roadster. And there will be ultraluxury bespoke cars for the 1%, including the handcrafted Cadillac Celestiq and Rolls-Royce Spectre. Meanwhile, Dodge has shown a concept of what its muscle might look like in EV form, and even a couple of electric vans are in the offing, including the long-teased Volkswagen ID.Buzz and the unusual Canoo Lifestyle Van.

But much of the action will be SUVs, from small to large, mainstream to high end. They include Honda’s first EV, the Prologue, and Jeep’s first, the Wrangler-adjacent Recon. Adding to the list from mainstream brands include Chevrolet’s Blazer EV and Equinox EV, an EV Mini Countryman and a Mini Aceman, a redesigned Hyundai Kona EV and stablemate three-row SUVs from Hyundai (Ioniq 7) and Kia (EV9), as well as two smaller SUVs from VinFast, the VF6 and VF7. Ford also has promised new SUVs. SUV choices planned for deeper pockets include Audi’s Q8 e-Tron, a Polestar 3 and larger 4, an EV version of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, a Porsche Macan EV, the Maserati Grecale Folgore, an SUV version of the GMC Hummer, a Mercedes-EQ EQG, a Lincoln SUV and the Volvo EX90.

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