few years and most likely the trend will prevail in 2018. However, we have noticed that this body type is not widely represented with electric or plugin-hybrid powertrains. Most likely, this is due to larger battery requirements, that usually result in significantly higher prices hence low sales.
That is why manufacturers have tried to stay away from this class, until the technology caught up and it appears that it finally has. Tesla Model X is being joined by newcomers from Audi, Jaguar and Nio which are pure electric, and plug in hybrids from Kia, Mercedes and Range Rover offer decent all-electric range and incredible gasoline savings in the combined mode.
Cars featured in this video:
NIO ES8: nio.io
This is the latest newcomer to the world of all-electric SUVs from the Chinese company NIO, that is most famous for its hypercar EP9.
Jaguar I-Pace: jaguar.com
Jaguar I-Pace is the first electric crossover in the history of the brand. It has recently gone into production and will go on sale immediately after the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that takes place in March.
Tesla Model X: tesla.com/
Tesla Model X is probably the best performance-oriented SUV that is equipped with an all-electric powertrain and is capable for comfortably seating up to 7 passengers.
Kia Niro PHEV: kia.com/eu/models/niro-phev
A new Kia Niro is a compact crossover-SUV that uses hybrid technology for improved performance and fuel efficiency.
Range Rover P400e: landrover.com/vehicles/phev/phev-vehicles/range-rover.html
Even though people who drive Range Rovers usually do not worry about the fuel consumption, but the company is trying to meet emission regulations that are being imposed around the world.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/
Mitsubishi Motors are trying to enter the zero-emission game with the plug-in hybrid version of the popular Outlander model, that brings all-wheel drive capability at a price that won’t bankrupt the buyer.
MINI COOPER S E COUNTRYMAN ALL4: miniusa.com/content/miniusa/en/model/hybrid/CooperSECountryman.html
Mini has tasked its engineers to create more sustainable driving solutions and their efforts materialized in the Mini Coutryman Plug-In Hybrid.
Volvo XC60: www.volvocars.com/us/cars/new-models/all-new-xc60
For many years, XC60 has been Volvo’s best-selling car on the global market and the all-new redesigned 2018 model of this car has become an instant hit.
Mercedes Benz GLC350e: mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/iaa-2017/vehicles-iaa-2017/glc-350-e-4matic
Mercedes-Benz GLC350e is a medium size plugin hybrid SUV that was first revealed in 2015. It is still unclear if it will be available in the US lineup but it’s likely to cost over $55k.
Audi e-Tron: audi.com/en/innovation/futuredrive/e-tron_quattro.html
This is one of the most anticipate electric cars of 2018 within the premium segment. The reservations have already been opened in Norway, while the rest of the world is still expecting the official release that will likely occur during one of the international autoshows.
Xiaopeng’s Xpeng Beta: www.xiaopeng.com/xpeng
Xpeng is an all-electric SUV created by a Chinese startup company, Xiaopeng Motors. The car has a 186 miles range and is advertised to be a budget version of Tesla with a price tag of 30k.