Despite that electric vehicles have been in talks for decades, most carmakers have been caught unready to deal with the fast transition from internal-combustion engines to electric motors. Therefore, the last couple of years have been quite struggling for most manufacturers but things are finally changing these days. So, the next year will be quite interesting in this aspect, as it will bring to us a plethora of new electric vehicles.
Given the modern automotive industry trends, it’s no wonder that most of these models are crossovers. Therefore, we present you the top 15 electric SUVs for 2021 in our humble opinion. The list includes a variety of models, including both premium and mainstream brands. Also, their characteristics are significantly different. Some of them are largely about gaining the longest possible range, while others use the benefits of electric motors to get astonishing speed and acceleration. Finally, there are several models that are designed in a more traditional way, which put focus also on things like interior quality, comfort and practicality, with a bit of sacrifice in terms of performance and max range.
2021 Tesla Model Y
At this point, the exact details about the 2021 Tesla Model Y are yet to come. Still, if we consider that this model has been launched last year, it’s hard to expect any bigger novelties for the upcoming model. After all, Tesla rather brings novelties throughout the year than bringing a bundle for every next model year. Therefore, we certainly know what to expect from this electric SUV in the near future.
Compared to Model X, this one is notably smaller. It is based on the Model 3 and shares a lot with it. It is strong in many fields, starting from an impressive range and performances. We expect two familiar versions to be in the offer. Cheaper versions are known as Long Range models and they offer less power but more range. In numbers, this version is capable of hitting 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds and it is able to make 326 miles on a single charge. On the other side, the Performance model is a second quicker, but also offers a shorter range, which goes around 300 miles.
Besides excellent range and performance, this crossover is also quite spacious and practical. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t without drawbacks. Those Tesla-typical issues with interior quality are present in this model as well. Also, even though the large infotainment system is fantastic, it is still complicated to engage some pretty basic controls.
The base price goes around 51.200 dollars.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford’s first all-electric SUV is here to make the transition from internal-combustion engines to electric motors less painful. Therefore, it carries the name of the brand’s most famous model. Furthermore, it also pays homage to the famous Mach-1 version, which has always been known for sporty performances. The name isn’t the only thing that resembles the iconic pony car. You can also notice that the styling has a lot in common with the legendary design, even though we are talking about the crossover. Famous design solutions are present on both ends of the vehicle, while the fastback roof style is here to make everything look even more authentic.
On the inside, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be a completely different story. This aspect of the car doesn’t come with too many vintage details and rather features a true futuristic layout, highlighted by touchscreens and the lack of physical buttons.
Of course, the most interesting aspect of the all-electric Mustang is the drivetrain. You may count on several versions in the offer, where the most basic setups will be good for 255 horsepower. On the other side, the GT version will feature 480 ponies, and they will need just 3.5 seconds to hit sixty. The Blue Oval company has prepared two battery packs, with either 75.7 kWh or 98.8kWh and models with the longest range should be able to make around 300 miles on a single charge.
Expect a starting price of around 44.000 dollars.
2021 Jaguar I-Pace
The I-Pace isn’t a new name in the business. It has been around for a while and established its position on the market, as one of the rare electric SUVs that isn’t just fast on the straight line but offers a genuine sporty driving experience. Besides impressive handling, this crossover also offers a typical British-style luxury, along with pretty exclusive styling. However, it isn’t without flaws. The biggest complaints so far were about charging and brakes and it looks like the company has fixed at least one of these issues.
The list of novelties for the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace is pretty long and we should start from the most important ones. Of course, we are talking about charging. So far, this model was equipped with a 7-kW onboard charge, while the new one is good for 11 kW. According to the company, this means 8.6 hours to fully recharge the battery, which is four hours shorter than before. Of course, you can still use the fast charger and get 80% of the battery in just 40 minutes.
The list of novelties also includes some new visual packages, as well as new features on the list of standard equipment. On the other side, the powertrain setup remains the same. So, you may count on a max output of 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. Air suspension is standard, while the max range goes around 250 miles.
The least expensive 2021 Jaguar I-Pace will go around 71.000 dollars.
2022 Chevy Bolt EUV
Chevy could finally capitalize on all those EV tech achievements gained with the Bolt EV, as the crossover version is on the way. Compared to the well-known hatchback, it will come with a bolder appearance, in a typical SUV manner. However, that won’t be the only difference.
We expect improvements in nearly every aspect and so far, we are most familiar with the interior design, which has been teased recently. From what we can see, the company has prepared a fancy looking touchscreen, which provides all kinds of information about the battery, charging, regenerative braking and similar things. Furthermore, the new EUV will feature a much finer cabin, free of cheap plastics you can find in the electric hatchback.
When it comes to power and range, Chevy hasn’t come up with details yet. Still, we presume some numbers will come soon, considering that the release date has been scheduled for summer 2021. We presume that most basic versions will feature a max range of around 250 miles, while higher trims could go over 300.
Details about the price are yet to come but we expect that base models will go around 40.000 dollars.
2022 Cadillac Lyriq
GM’s initial plan was to launch Cadillac’s first all-electric SUV in late 2022 as a 2023 model but the latest reports suggest that the company is about to speed up the process and that the new model will come much earlier. The concept has already been presented, while the prototype is expected in 2021.
From what we know about the 2022 Cadillac Lyriq is that it will be large and comfortable. The concept version seems production ready, so we don’t expect that too many things will change in the production version. The same goes for the interior, which utilizes huge screens and offers a typical Cadillac kind of luxury.
When it comes to performances and range, the American luxury carmaker still keeps most details a secret. So far, we know that base models will come with just one electric motor on the rear axle, while the more expensive version will get another one at the front. Details about the power and acceleration are still unknown, but we expect that the new crossover will be comparable with models like Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model Y, which means around 4.5 seconds for a 0-60 time.
The battery will probably feature a capacity of around 100 kWh, which should provide a max range of around 300 miles. However, we won’t exclude the possibility to see a different version in the offer, in terms of battery capacity and range.
According to Car and Driver, base models will go around 60.000 dollars.
2021 Lexus UX 300e
Lexus has also joined the party with its first-ever electric SUV, called the UX 300e. As you may presume, it features the same design as standard gasoline and hybrid versions of this crossover, which is strong in many fields. It offers the same level of luxury on the inside, while the ride is extremely smooth and comfortable for this segment.
Of course, the main difference is under the skin. This is the first all-electric Lexus and the Japanese manufacturer decided to play safe. Therefore, you may count on just one version, equipped with one electric motor on the front axle, with a max output of 201 horsepower. This is enough to provide more than decent performances, as the 0-60 time goes around 7.5 seconds.
The battery has a capacity of 54.3 kWh, which is enough for a max range of 196 miles, which seems okay for most users. Of course, you may count on a fast-charging option as well, and charge 80 percent of the batter in just 40 minutes. Another very important thing to mention is that the battery is positioned underneath the body, so it doesn’t compromise the cargo area at all. Moreover, this version has a bigger cargo volume than the hybrid.
The base price in the UK goes around 44.000 pounds, while North Americans will have to wait for another year to get to chance to buy it.
2021 Nissan Ariya
The Japanese manufacturer is expanding its all-electric lineup with the 2021 Nissan Ariya. The all-new crossover will take on similarly-sized electric SUVs, such as Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron. It will feature a similar size, similar speed and acceleration, but also a much better range. At the same time, it will be significantly cheaper.
From the outside, it’s obvious that we are talking about an EV, considering that the new Ariya doesn’t have much in common with Nissan’s conventional models. The same thing is on the inside, where you can find a nice combination of retro and futuristic elements, all designed in a pretty simplistic manner. Of course, the dash is highlighted by massive screens, while the lack of physical controls is also present.
At this point, we are still waiting for the exact figures in terms of power but it looks like the new SUV will feature electric motors on both axles. Also, it will use GT-R’s torque splitter, so we may expect some sporty performances as well. Allegedly, the new model will be able to hit sixty in five seconds.
When it comes to battery capacity, two versions are expected. Base models will feature a 63-kWh battery, while a bigger 87-kWh pack will be in the offer too. The latter should provide a max range of 300 miles.
The base version should cost around 40.000 dollars
2021 Rivian R1S
This is definitely one of the most interesting novelties for the next year. The start-up EV manufacturer is coming with the second vehicle in its portfolio, after the recent presentation of R1T pickup. The 2021 Rivian R1S will share a lot of parts with this truck, but it will be a large SUV, which will compete primarily with the Tesla Model X. A great thing is that it will share specs with the truck sibling, so we already know details about performances and range.
This SUV will come in several variants, both in terms of power and battery capacity. In terms of batteries, you may count on three versions, with either 105, 135 or 180 kWh. The latter should provide a max range of 400 miles. On the other side, base versions should be good for at least 250 miles on a single charge.
When it comes to performances, the most capable version will come with three electric motors and a total output of 754 horsepower. It will come packed with a 135-kWh battery and it will need just 3 seconds to hit sixty. On the other side, the least powerful models will need around 5 seconds to make a 0-60 sprint.
Interestingly, Rivian will offer upper trim levels first, which will go around 77.500 dollars, while the base models will be ready for the 2022 model year and they will probably cost around $70.000.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
The current XC40 may be around for a while but the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is something completely new. It is the all-electric version of the familiar subcompact crossover, which comes to compete with models like Tesla Model Y, Mercedes EQC etc. The best thing about it is that the overall design is largely the same as on standard models, so we can enjoy all the goodies of the model that many consider one of the best subcompact luxury SUVs around.
This particularly refers to the interior, which is spacious, luxurious and well-equipped. The battery is positioned underneath, so the storage isn’t compromised either. Still, the most interesting aspect of this version is the drivetrain. You may count on a couple of electric motors, with a combined output of 402 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, which should be enough to move this SUV from zero to sixty in less than 4.5 seconds.
These electric motors will be coupled with a 75-kWh battery pack and the max range should go around 200 miles, which seems decent for this segment of cars. The base price will go around 55.000 dollars.
2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron
Although planned as the 2022 model, Audi’s compact all-electric SUV is already in the advanced stage of development and should hit the market already in summer 2021. Previewed by the Q4 e-tron concept, the new SUV should bring typical Audi quality. This means a well-rounded vehicle, strong in all fields. Therefore, don’t expect some spectacular performances. This will rather be a practical and functional vehicle, with a very luxurious cabin, which isn’t always the case with electric vehicles.
When it comes to performances, we expect that the new crossover will use pretty much the same setup as VW ID.4, which means a couple of electric motors and a total output of around 300 horsepower. VW’s model comes with an 82-kWh battery pack, which is enough for 200 miles on a single charge, so we expect similar figures from this luxury iteration as well.
While performances won’t be impressive, the level of quality on the inside certainly will. We don’t expect surprises in this aspect and the new Q4 e-tron will most likely feature the same or very similar dashboard as the Q5 model. This means excellent materials and build quality, along with loads of tech features.
We expect to see this crossover next summer and most reports suggest a starting price of around 45.000 dollars.
2021 BMW iX3
Instead of building another EV on purpose, the Bavarian carmaker decided to play safe this time. So, the new 2021 BMW iX3 is actually a pretty familiar model, which is practically an all-electric version of the popular X3 compact. The two models look pretty much the same, both from the inside and the outside. Still, the iX3 comes with several details that emphasize its all-electric character. This particularly refers to things like wheels and blue accents.
The same blue accents can be found on the inside and those are actually the only thing that differs this cabin from the standard one, which is actually a good thing. Another good thing is that the battery doesn’t reduce cargo volume significantly, so we are still talking about one very practical crossover.
Of course, the thing that’s most interesting about this particular version is the drivetrain. This model isn’t designed for drivers who are all about some crazy acceleration figures. Instead, you may count on “just” 282 horsepower. The ride is rather relaxed, though this powertrain definitely can pull quickly once you step on the gas pedal.
The crossover is equipped with a quite large 74-kWh battery pack. Bavarians claim nearly 300 miles of range, but we presume numbers will be lower in real life. Base versions should cost around 66.300 euros and will hit the market in January.
Mercedes EQ Electric Lineup (2021 EQC, 2022 EQS, Electric G-Class)
The German carmaker has prepared a couple of very interesting novelties for the next year and the first one to come is the EQC. As you may presume, this is a kind of GLC’s electric counterpart and it will represent the brand in the segment of compact electric crossovers, where you can find models like I-Pace, Model Y etc. It will feature two electric motors and a total output of 402 horsepower and a max range of around 200 miles. The base price goes around 68.000 dollars.
Mercedes-Benz has always been best-known for the S-Class and it is not coming in the electric form, as the EQS model. It will be even more spacious and even quieter than the famous saloon. We expect to see it in the second half of 2021 and we expect a lot of similarities with the Vision EQS concept. Still, we won’t be surprised if we see even more power in the production model. Something like a 100-kWh battery pack sounds reasonable for a vehicle like this and should be enough to provide around 300 miles on a single charge. Base models will probably go between 95 and 100 thousands.
The legendary G Wagen has been redesigned recently and currently makes sales numbers that are better than ever. That’s the main reason why German manufacturer plans an all-electric version of the iconic off-roader. The company has confirmed this model but we still don’t know anything about design, performances, price or launch date. Still, we may expect to see first prototypes already in the next year.
2022 Land Rover Road Rover
The British luxury carmaker trademarked this nameplate a few years ago and since then, we are hearing different stories about the new model. A common thing for all of them is that all-electric powertrain will be in the focus. The new model will be based on the company’s new MLA platform and it will share most of its parts with models like Jaguar XJ and J-Pace.
However, the tricky aspect of the 2022 Land Rover Road Rover is the fact that both counterparts from Jaguar will come in both internal-combustion and electrified variants. On the other side, the company is still quiet about the Road Rover. Some sources even suggest sedan body style, instead of a classic SUV layout. This means it would probably compete with both sedans and crossovers. One thing we know for sure, Land Rover won’t sacrifice off-road performances.
At this point, it is still early to talk about the price, considering that we know nothing about the Road Rover’s design. However, the first prototypes should appear already in the summer of 2021.
2022 Porsche Macan EV
Porche’s compact crossover established itself as an SUV that offers unparalleled handling and overall performances and the new generation is coming next year. Moreover, it will be all-electric. The test model has been spotted on the road a couple of times and despite the all-electric character, it shows Macan’s recognizable layout, so we can say that styling changes will be rather evolutionary.
On the other side, significant changes are coming under the skin. The new model will be based on VW’s new MEB platform, developed for electric vehicles. At this point, details about the drivetrain are still to come but we have no doubt that many design solutions will be borrowed from the Taycan. Still, we will hardly see that monstrous 750-hp version.
In terms of the battery and range, we expect the new model will be available to make around 300 miles on a single charge. The exact details are yet to come but we have no doubt we will find out more and more things as we’re getting closer to the premiere, which will happen sometime in 2021.
2021 VW ID.4
Instead of offering electric versions of well-known nameplates, such as Golf and Tiguan, the German carmaker decided to start a completely new line of all-electric models. One of the models that’s on the way is the 2021 VW ID4, a small crossover designed to compete with models like Hyundai Kona and other small EV crossovers.
Despite lots of futuristic details, this is still a typical Volkswagen in terms of styling. The same thing goes for the interior but the thing that’s probably more interesting to you is what’s happening under the hood. There, you can find two versions, in terms of power
Base models will come equipped with a single electric motor that puts out around 200 horsepower. You can also opt for a version with the additional electric motor, where the max output jumps up to 300 horses. Details about the battery and range are yet to come, but we expect that the max range will go up to 250 miles.
Base models will go around 41.200 dollars.
2022 Polestar 3 Electric SUV
After plug-in hybrid and all-electric saloon, Polestar is finally about to come with an all-electric crossover. The new model will come as Polestar 3 and we expect its premiere in summer 2021. It will ride on Volvo’s new SPA2 platform, which will be used for other future models from these two brands as well.
At this point, we don’t know much about the new crossover, even though rendering photos have appeared on the network. Still, we count on a model that will be designed to compete with Tesla models both in terms of range and performance. In terms of power, details are still to come but we expect to see a dual-electric motor setup, as well as various output variants. When it comes to the range, range-topping models should be able to make up to 310 miles on a single charge.
Details about the price are still unknown.