Electric cars took center stage at this year’s New York International Auto Show, with an indoor track as part of the 250,000-square-foot electric display that leaves no doubt that electric vehicles are part of the mainstream — at least on the motor show circuit.
Almost every automaker that participated in the New York International Auto Show had an EV or hybrid in its display. Many of them we’ve seen before, including the Mercedes-Benz EQXX, Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford Mustang Match E, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Chevrolet Silverado EV Pickup, Hyundai Ioniq 5, have been awarded the highest honors in the World Car Awards, Kia EV6, VW ID Buzz and ID 4 crossover. Heck, even the Nissan Leaf is back with an update.
Of all the battery-electric hybrid models and concepts that were revealed, a few stood out. This is what caught our attention.
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Alfa Romeo’s first small crossover was the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, which officially debuted in February, a hybrid that can go 30 miles on a fully charged battery before switching to a gas engine. The gas engine model of the SUV comes with a quad-turbo engine that produces 256 horsepower.
Chrysler’s graphite airflow concept. Image credits: Stellaris
The Chrysler Airflow Graphite concept could set the direction for 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 up to 400 miles. It also comes with Stellantis’ STLA AutoDrive system with Level 3 automated driving capabilities.
Jeep Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4xe. Image credits: Stellaris
The Jeep brand showed off its 4xe vehicles, including the newcomer Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4xe. The latest 4xe plug-in hybrid, which debuted with an aqua 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. According to the company. The 4xe drivetrain combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, a four-cylinder engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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Deus Vayanne Electric Supercar. Image credits: GT
The Austrian automaker has unveiled its Vayanne EV supercar, a curved roadster with slender headlights and oversized air intakes. Deus claims the 2,200-hp Vayanne engine can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 250 mph. These numbers will put Vayanne’s performance near the top of the $1 million-plus supercar category. Its price has not been disclosed.
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The California-based startup is showing off the IndyOne, a five-passenger all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range. A competitor to the Tesla Model Y, the “lifestyle-focused” crossover features a gaming computer integrated through the in-vehicle computer (VIC). The infotainment unit is supported by open source software that enables a range of customizations from the horn sound to a dedicated virtual assistant. Starting at $45,000, the Indi One is set to begin deliveries in the spring of 2023.
Kia Niro EV. Image credits: GT
Kia is using the New York Show as a springboard for the next generation of Niro’s small SUV. The 2023 Niro will be offered with a hybrid, PHEV or EV powertrain. The new model showcases more futuristic design elements such as boom-shaped taillights and a more aggressive grille. It also has better range – 253 miles up to 239 miles from the last generation.
The automaker also showed off its EV9 concept, which debuted in 2021 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. We’re interested in this boxy SUV that will use the same E-GMP electric vehicle platform as the smaller EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, because it actually goes into production.
Kia confirmed at the New York Auto Show that the EV9 will come to the US market in the second half of 2023.
Kia Concept EV9. Image credits: Getty via Teyfun Coskun / Anadolu Agency
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Sister brand Kia has brought in the all-electric Genesis X Speedium Concept as a hint of what’s to come as Genesis ramps up its EV offerings to become all-electric by 2030.
The coupe flaunts a bold Genesis design: a low, long fastback design with wrap-around headlights and an oversized triangular grille worn in the automaker’s gas-engine cars. The design derives from the X Concept Genesis that was revealed last year and is named after the Inje Speedium racetrack in South Korea where it was developed.
VinFast VF 9 system. Image credits: GT
Vinfast, the first domestic auto manufacturer in Vietnam, introduced the all-electric VF8 and VF9 SUV to the New York Show.
The automaker also announced at the show that it plans to rent the battery separately from the utility vehicles themselves, with a monthly fee based on battery usage. Without the battery, the five-passenger VF8 and seven-passenger VF9 SUV start at $40,700 and $55,500, respectively.