12 Future Electric Crossover Utility Vehicles to Watch

Crossovers are a hot automotive segment, and the green versions that are coming will finally give electric-vehicle buyers an option in this category.
  • The hottest trend in the auto industry is the crossover utility vehicle, or CUV. Once a niche covered by small car-based vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, and Ford Escape, the segment has grown up and become a necessity—If you don’t have a medium-sized crossover sport utility vehicle in your lineup, it's hard to compete in the U.S. market.

    Tesla with its Model X crossover introduced in 2015 was once the only battery electric vehicle in the segment. That is about to change as more than a dozen all-electric CUVs are going to reach the market in the next 2-3 years. All of them will use lithium ion batteries in battery pack sizes large enough to allow ranges between 200 and 300 miles between recharging.

    Car makers will finally be building electric vehicles the public wants as some of the biggest names in the auto industry are getting ready to play in this game. To help you find your favorite, Design News has put together a summary of what electric CUVs are coming and when you can expect them. (Image source: Tesla)

  • Tesla Model X and Y

    When Tesla started selling its Model X crossover sport utility vehicle (CUV) at the end of 2015, it was the only mid-sized, all-electric CUV. With 518-horsepower, a 237-mile range and the charismatic “falcon wing” rear doors, the Tesla has made a strong statement that electric CUVs can be fun and practical.

    At a starting price of $79,500 and a nationwide network of Supercharger charging stations, Tesla’s head start gives it an advantage. A smaller Tesla CUV, the Model Y, based upon the Model 3 compact is expected in a few years.

    (Image source: Tesla)

  • Jaguar I-PACE

    Jaguar introduced its I-PACE mid-sized, electric crossover at the Geneva Motor Show in March of this year and plans to begin sales of the five-passenger CUV before the end of 2018.

    With 394-horsepower and a 240 mile range, the Jaguar I-PACE also has an MSRP price tag of $69,500, highly competitive with the base version of the Tesla X.

    (Image source: Jaguar)

  • Hyundai Kona

    The Hyundai Kona will be available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and as a full battery electric vehicle (BEV). Although Hyundai insists that the Kona is a crossover, its small size would have some question that claim.

    With 201-horsepower, it won’t be the most powerful of the new breed of electric CUVs, and its 250-mile range should place it in the middle of the pack. The BEV version of the Hyundai Kona will be available in 2019, priced around $40,000.

    (Image source: Hyundai)

  • Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

    The 600-horsepower Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo promises a 155-mph top speed and performance befitting a Porsche. The range should be around 275 miles by the EPA measurement on a full charge.

    The all-electric Porsche is due out in 2019 and will be priced similarly to other premium Porsche models in the $80,000 range.

    (Image source: Porsche)

  • Audi e-tron

    The Audi e-tron (shown here in its camouflage) has three electric motors (two in the rear and one in the front) that promise a power output of 429-horsepower. The top speed of the e-tron will be electronically limited to 131-mph, and its range should be around 275 miles by the EPA testing.

    The Audi e-tron should be available by the end of 2018 as a 2019 model and pricing is expected to be in the $80,000-$85,000 range.

    (Image source: Audi)

  • Mercedes-Benz EQ

    The Mercedes-Benz EQ is expected to arrive at the end of 2019. It boasts around 400-horsepower from a pair of motors and a range of 275 EPA miles.  The EQ platform is modular, allowing it to be adapted to a range of other vehicles.

    The price of the Mercedes-Benz EQ is expected to be in the $75,000-$85,000 range.

    (Image source: Mercedes-Benz)

  • BMW iX3

    BMW already has its battery electric i3 and i8 vehicles on the market and an electric i5 CUV was expected. This project appears to have been shelved and instead the company will build a battery electric version of its brand-new X3 CUV. Called the iX3, and with an expected range of 275-miles, the vehicle will go on-sale some time in 2019 and be priced in the same $75,000-$85,000 range as the others in the segment.

    The photo above is actually of the new 2018 BMW X3 in its gasoline-engine version—BMW has not yet released any official photos of the iX3, but, unlike the “electric vehicle” styling of the i3 and i8, the exterior of the iX3 is expected to be nearly identical to the gasoline version.

    (Image source: BMW)

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz

    Volkswagen sells an electric version of its Golf, however, the ID Crozz, expected by the end of 2020, will be more powerful at 320-horsepower and promises the 275 miles that all of the other European electric CUVs are aiming at.

    No prices have been revealed except the VW is expected to be “affordable” in this segment, putting it perhaps in the $45,000-$65,000 range.

    (Image source: Volkswagen)

  • Nissan IMx Kuro

    Based upon the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, the IMx Kuro (“Kuro” means “black” in Japanese) will be significantly more powerful at 429-horsepower than the economy-car Leaf. It should have a range of about 300 miles in EPA testing when it reaches the market at the end of 2020.

    Pricing of the IMx will certainly be more than a Leaf ($30,000), but should be less than some of the premium electric CUV offerings from the Europeans.

    (Image source: Nissan)

  • Volvo XC40 Electric

    Based upon the Volvo Concept 40.1 that was first shown in 2016, and the Volvo XC40 that will arrive in 2018, the electric version uses the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) that will also be used to create a sedan and wagon. Volvo has said that they would only build electrified versions of vehicles (including hybrids) by 2019. The electric version of the XC40 is expected in 2020, although it may be pushed aside by an electric sedan.

    There is no word on pricing but the EV should cost more than the $36,000 price of the 2018 gasoline XC40.

    (Image source: Volvo)

  • SF Motors

    A California electric vehicle startup that is part of Chinese carmaker Sokon, SF Motors in March of this year showed two different electric sport utility vehicles. The SF5 is a medium-sized crossover, while the SF7 is a full-sized crossover. The claim is that power outputs of 1,000-horsepower will be possible along with 0-60 mph times of 3 seconds, along with a 300 mile EPA range.

    SF Motors plans to build its vehicles in Indiana and China as early as 2019. No word on pricing as of yet.

    (Image source: SF Motors)

  • Faraday Future FF91

    Another startup EV company with crossover utility dreams is Faraday Future. Financed by Chinese businessmen, beset with high-level departures and monetary woes, the company recently announced that it would abandon its efforts to build a $1 billion auto plant in Nevada and instead would refurbish an old tire factory in Hanford, California. The Faraday Future FF91 is an electric crossover that boasts 1050-horsepower from three electric motors, a 0-60 mph time of 2.39 seconds and a range of 300+ miles per charge.

    The company claims the FF91 will begin production at the end of 2019.  It has not yet released pricing.

    (Image source: Faraday Future)

Senior Editor Kevin Clemens has been writing about energy, automotive, and transportation topics for more than 30 years. He has masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Environmental Education and a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics. He has set several world land speed records on electric motorcycles that he built in his workshop.

Senior Technical Editor Charles Murray contributed to this story.

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