ALTHOUGH the big German luxury brands have been beaten to the punch by Jaguar in the all-electric SUV stakes, all are currently readying I-Pace competitors.
Mercedes-Benz will launch the EQC next year, with the Audi e-tron also confirmed for 2019.
Both have been previewed by concept cars, but the production versions remain under wraps – quite literally in the case of the Audi, which exhibited a camouflage-clad prototype at the Geneva show, just down the hall from the electric Jaguar’s public debut.
Similarly, the BMW iX3 was revealed at the Beijing motor show as an almost production-ready concept that will hit the streets come 2020 and is confirmed to be assembled in China, although whether it will be made elsewhere for other markets is not yet known.
As an electric version of the existing X3 SUV, there were few surprises to that car in terms of styling.
Porsche, having unveiled the Misison E concept that resembled an more futuristic looking and electrically driven Panamera sedan, now looks to have settled on the high-riding SUV format of its MissionE Cross Turismo concept that surprised crowds at the Geneva show and previews a production model that will go on sale in 2021.