THREE SILENT HAULERS HEADED TO OZ
OF THE 1513 fully electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles sold locally in the first six months of 2020, 921 were SUVs. Manufacturers are expecting those numbers to grow exponentially and are sending fresh new metal Down Under to take advantage. These three all-new SUVs have their passports packed and boarding passes at the ready to arrive in Australia next year. They’ll face stiff competition from the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X, and COTY-winning Mercedes-Benz EQC.
Technically still a concept, a production version is to be revealed imminently. Built on VW’s MEB platform, the Q4 e-tron will use an 82kWh battery with either twin- or single-motor configurations. Final production figures are yet to be finalised but a claimed range in the region of 500km is expected.
Revealed with a remarkably conventional exterior design for a BMW i car, the iX3 will arrive in Australia in mid-2021. Built on the same platform as ICE X3 models, its 74kWh lithium-ion battery sends 210kW/400Nm to a single motor on the rear axle with a claimed WLTP range of 460km.
Easily the most intriguing of this trio, Nissan’s offering will also be the cheapest. Two- and all-wheel drive versions will be available, with either a 63kWh or 87kWh battery. The most powerful version has 290kW/600Nm, while the most efficient is claimed to have a WLTP range of 610km.