Best Electric Luxury Cars Coming in 2022

Unless you’ve been hiding in the garage for the last few years, the upscale electric vehicle (EV) market is getting ready to explode. The Tesla Model S and Model X, and the Porsche Taycan will soon face stiff competition for those luxury EV dollars. Read on for a brief overview of what’s ahead for the 2022 model year. For simplicity, we’ll save the EV pickup conversation for another article and focus on EV sedans and crossovers.

Audi Q4 e-Tron

Audi Q4 e-Tron

Based on its corporate cousin, the Volkswagen ID.4, the more upscale Audi Q4 e-Tron will be the brand’s entry-level EV (currently the e-Tron crossover). Audi hasn’t released much detail on this EV other than a Sportback model and the use of augmented reality technology. Expect a range of around 250 miles.

Starting Price: $45,000

Available: Late 2021

Audi e-Tron GT

Audi e-Tron GT

The flagship Audi e-Tron GT and the performance-oriented RS variant will soon be hitting the road. The e-Tron GT is based on the Taycan EV platform but at pricing that’s a notch below its Porsche counterpart. Audi promises supercar performance for the RS, which will offer 637 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds. All-wheel drive is standard on both e-Tron GT models, and Audi estimates a 238-mile range (231 miles for the RS).

Starting Price: $99,990 ($139,990 for the RS)

Available: Summer 2021

BMW i4

BMW i4

BMW is casting aside the quirky looks of the i3 for something more conventional with the i4 EV sedan. The base i4 eDrive40 will feature rear-wheel drive, 335 horsepower, and a range of about 300 miles. The more premium model, the i4 M50, will have all-wheel drive, 536 horsepower, and a 245-mile range. While it won’t be keeping up with a Model S in Ludicrous mode, a four-second time for a 0-60 run is still impressive.

Starting Price: $55,000

Available: Early 2022

BMW iX

BMW iX

The BMW iX will be the automaker’s flagship EV. Using an all-new platform, the iX will showcase BMW’s technological prowess that will ultimately transfer to other models as the brand shifts away from internal combustion engines. BMW promises a sub-five-second time for the 0-60 dash, 500 horsepower, and 300-ish miles of range.

Starting Price: $85,000

Available: Early 2022

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

Lucid represents a true threat to Tesla’s dominance in high-end EVs. Its first model out the door, the Air, combines ultra-modern looks with breathtaking performance. The inaugural Dream Edition Air promises 500 miles of range, 1,080 horsepower, and the ability to hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Lower spec models will follow.

Starting Price: $77,400 ($170,000 for the Dream Edition)

Available: Late 2021 (Dream Edition)

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz EQS

While it’s easy to think of the EQS as an S-Class EV, it’s way more than that, thanks to an all-new platform that has nothing to do with its conventional counterpart. The “base” EQS450+ will feature rear-wheel drive, 329 horsepower, and at least 350 miles of range. Higher-end models promise better capabilities and performance. Car and Drivercalls the EQS “possibly the world’s most capable electric car right now.”

Starting Price: $110,000

Available: Summer 2021

Other Luxury EVs Coming

It’s obvious that the German brands are taking the first position in the luxury EV battle with Tesla. Yet, next year will see entries from Cadillac (the Lyriq crossover), Genesis (the G80 EV sedan), Lexus (the LF-Z crossover), and others.

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