With the government planning to make India the EV capital of the world by 2030, many brands have planned to enter the Indian EV market with their own luxury EVs. Currently, there aren’t many options if you are looking to buy a luxury EV. The only available luxury electric cars are the BMW iX, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-Tron GT, Jaguar I-PACE, and the Porche Taycan.
The list of electric cars sold globally but not in India is extensive. Due to heavy import taxes and other Government policies, getting your hands on an imported vehicle is complex. However, with the Indian government focusing on the electrification of the automotive industry, we can soon have our hands on the top-of-the-line innovations by International brands in our country.
Here is a list of the top five luxury EVs that will be coming to India in the year 2023.
BMW is all set to launch its i7 in India in 2023. The car will be priced at around 2.5 crores as it will be a CBU. The i7 will get dual electric motors producing 544 ps of power and 745 nm of torque, equipped with a battery pack of 101.7kWh that will give a WLTP-certified range of 625km on a full charge.
The BMW i7 will only be available in its top-spec xDrive60 variant. The i7 will have the same features as its ICE counterpart, like the 31.3-inch 8K touchscreen display for the rear passengers, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 14.9-inch central information display. The dashboard will also feature the BMW Interaction Bar.
BMW will be putting the i7 to compete with the Mercedes EQS.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is expected to launch at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023. The EQS will be assembled in India, which will help Mercedes to price it competitively. The international variant of the car has two powertrain options, a 334ps and 458nm single motor (EQS 450+) and a 523PS and 856Nm dual motor (EQS 580 4MATIC), while the EQS 450+ is rear-wheel drive, the EQS 580 4MATIC gets all-wheel drive. Both units get a 107.8 kWh battery pack with a WLTP-certified range of 770km.
The EQS 450+ can do 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds, whereas the 580 4MATIC does the job in just 4.3 seconds. Both variants have a top speed of 210kmph. The EQS is equipped with a 55-inch MBUX Hyperscreen, which is a three-screen single-piece unit as an optional addition.
Mercedes will also come out with the EQS SUV with the same top speed. The EQS will lock horns with the Audi eTron GT.
Audi Q4 eTron
Audi plans to bring the Q4 eTron to India near the mid of 2023. The Q4 eTron will have two motors producing 306ps of power. The drive will be connected to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro system, Q4 eTron can reach speeds of 100 kph in 6.3 seconds, but the top speed is limited to 180kmph.
The 82kW battery pack is placed in the underbody, which helps to have the maximum center of gravity. The Q4 eTron has a WLTP-certified range of 450km. The SUV is based on the Modular Electrification Platform (MEB), which will allow there to be different variants with different power figures.
The interior will consist of 2 screens one is the driver display, and the second screen will be the infotainment system with haptic feedback.
The Mercedes EQA is expected to launch towards the end of 2022. The SUV will be priced at 60 lakh INR. This SUV will have a single motor pushing out 190ps of power and 375nm of torque to be sent to the front wheels.
The EQA will have a 66.5kWh battery pack which can be charged from 10-80 percent in just 30 minutes when using the fast charger. However, the standard plug-in charger will take 5 hours and 45 minutes to charge from 10-100 percent. The SUV will have a dual-screen setup with up to 10.25inch displays.
The EQA has a claimed WLTP range of 426km. This SUV is going to compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge.