2019 is the year of the electric SUV Page 2


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

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Hyundai Kona Electric

Another SUV with a nominal 250-mile range, the Kona is smaller and cheaper than its European competitors. Hyundai says it will have a 64-kwh liquid-cooled battery pack that sits under the floor, 201-horsepower electric motor and get 117 MPGe, higher than the Nissan Leaf. To make room for the battery pack, the Kona electric will get independent rear suspension which should improve handling compared with the standard, front-wheel-drive Kona.

2019 Kia Niro EV

2019 Kia Niro EV

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Kia Niro EV

It may be arguable whether the Niro is really an SUV or a small hatchback, but it fits in the vein of several other cars on this list with an upright hatchback body style and two-wheel drive (front, in the Niro’s case). It is expected to have a 236-mile range from its 39.2-kwh battery pack, and a 201-hp electric motor. The Niro is already on sale as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Kia says its version of the Hyundai Kona will go on sale late this year. 

Ford's future product planning

Ford's future product planning

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Ford Mach 1

Ford has widely hinted that it will produce a 300-mile all-electric SUV with styling cues from the Mustang starting in 2020. The vehicle will aim to recreate the off-road performance aura of the F-150 Raptor and may be based on the architecture of the next Ford Escape.

Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019

Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019

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Tesla Model Y

Assuming that Tesla emerges triumphant from its “production hell” for the Model 3, its next trick will be to develop the Model Y, an SUV based on the Model 3, complete with the “falcon-wing” doors of the Model X. The Model Y will be smaller than the Model X, and probably limited to five passengers. It’s price is likely to be a little higher than the Model 3, but much cheaper than the Model X. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had said the new SUV would reach production by the end of 2019, but as of the last investor call in which investments were delayed, the Model Y could be pushed into 2020.

Byton K-Byte concept

Byton K-Byte concept

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Byton M-Byte

Chinese automaker Byton has given rides in its protype SUV and says it will display a more finished production prototype later this year.  Our reporter who has ridden in the Byton describes it as a family room on wheels, with a complete flat-screen control center stretching from end to end across the dashboard and a second flat-screen for more controls on the floating, fixed hub of the steering wheel. Byton says the car will offer two battery sizes, 71 and 95 kwh, good for a range of 200 or 310 miles, respectively. The company hopes to bring its electric SUV to market in 2019 starting at about $45,000.

Avera Motors high-efficiency vehicle teaser

Avera Motors high-efficiency vehicle teaser

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Rivian

At a former Mitsubishi factory in Illinois, a new company is developing a new line of full-size electric vehicles, an SUV and a pickup. Rivian says it will reveal the trucks at the LA auto show in November and that they will go on sale in 2020. The company says each model will have a 450-mile electric range from an 80-kwh battery pack, 800 horsepower, and 0-60 acceleration of 2.8 seconds. It’s worth noting that that’s as fast as the fastest Tesla, with more power, and a smaller battery pack.

SF Motors SF7

SF Motors SF7

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SF Motors SF 7

Chinese automaker SF Motors is developing two SUVs, which it says will go on sale in the U.S. in 2019, the SF 5 and SF 7. Since it has only released drawings of the SF 7, we can only speculate that it may be a seven-passenger SUV with a fastback design. SF Motors says it will have 1,000 horsepower and 300 miles of range. The SF 7 for the U.S. will be produced at a factory SF Motors owns in Indiana, but details have been scarce.


 
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