Electric vehicles took center stage at the New York International Auto Show this year, with an indoor track as part of the show’s 250,000 square foot exhibit, leaving no doubt that EVs are mainstream, at least on the auto show circuit.
Almost every automaker that took part in the New York International Auto Show had an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle on display. Many were the ones we’ve seen before, including the Mercedes-Benz EQXX, the Ford F-150 Lightning, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, the Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which took top honors at the World Car Awards, the Kia EV6 and the VW crossover ID Buzz and ID 4. Heck, even the Nissan Leaf returned with a refresh.
Of all the plug-in hybrid and battery-electric models and concepts that have been unveiled, a handful stood out. Here are the ones that caught our attention.
Alfa Romeo’s first compact crossover is the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, which officially debuted in February. The Tonale is a plug-in hybrid that can go 30 miles on a fully charged battery before switching to its gasoline engine. The gasoline-powered variant of the SUV comes with a 256 horsepower turbo-four engine.
The Chrysler Airflow Graphite Concept could set the direction of parent company Stellantis’ $35 billion investment in bringing new electric vehicles to market. The all-electric crossover features 22-inch wheels, a sleek silhouette and a range of 400 miles. It also comes with Stellantis’ STLA AutoDrive system with Level 3 automated driving capabilities.
The Jeep brand introduced its 4xe vehicles, including the newcomer Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4xe. The latest 4xe plug-in hybrid model, which debuted with a hydro blue exterior paint, will be available to order in the second half of the year.
The Grand Cherokee 4xe offers 25 miles of all-electric range and 56 miles per gallon equivalent. depending on the company. The 4xe propulsion system combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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The Austrian automaker has unveiled its Vayanne EV hypercar, a curvaceous roadster with slim headlights and oversized air intakes. Deus claims the 2,200hp Vayanne can go from 0-60mph in 1.99 seconds, en route to a top speed of 250mph. Those numbers would put the Vayanne’s performance near the top of the million-plus hypercar segment. Its price has not been disclosed.
The California-based startup introduces the Indi One, a five-passenger all-electric crossover with a range of 300 miles. Positioned as a Tesla Model Y rival, the “lifestyle-focused” crossover features a built-in gaming computer through its in-vehicle computer (VIC). The infotainment unit is supported by open-source software that allows for a range of customizations from sounding its horn to a specialized virtual assistant. Starting at $45,000, the Indi One is expected to begin deliveries in spring 2023.
Kia is using the New York show as a launch pad for its next-generation Niro subcompact SUV. The 2023 Niro will be offered with a hybrid, PHEV or EV powertrain. The new model features more futuristic design cues such as boomerang-shaped taillights and a more aggressive grille. It also offers better range – 253 miles compared to the last generation’s 239.
The automaker also showed off its EV9 concept, which debuted in 2021 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. We care about this boxy SUV that will use the same E-GMP electric car platform as the smaller EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 as it enters production.
Kia confirmed at the New York Auto Show that the EV9 will hit the US market in the second half of 2023.
Kia’s premium sister brand has touted its all-electric Genesis X Speedium concept as a hint of what’s to come as Genesis ramps up its electric vehicle offerings to go all-electric by 2030.
The coupe sports the bold Genesis design: a long, low body with wraparound headlights and an oversized triangular grille worn by the automaker’s gas-powered cars. The design derives from the X Concept Genesis unveiled last year and is named after the Inje Speedium race track in South Korea where it was developed.
Vinfast, Vietnam’s first-ever automaker, showcased its all-electric VF8 and VF9 SUVs at the New York Motor Show.
The automaker also announced at the show that it plans to lease the battery separately from the commercial vehicles themselves, charging a monthly fee based on battery usage. Without the battery, the five-passenger VF8 and seven-passenger VF9 SUVs start at $40,700 and $55,500, respectively.