Want a Sexy New Car? Buy an Electric Vehicle

  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

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OK, pick yourself up off the floor and stop laughing at that headline. When you think “electric car,” a Nissan Leaf might come to mind, or a Chevrolet Bolt, or some other weird-looking little box on wheels emphasizing function over form.

That’s changing, and fast.

Tesla proved that electric cars are alluring. Car companies are taking note, and in the years to come numerous EVs wrapped in seductive sheetmetal are due to hit the streets. Let’s take a look at some of the more provocative models coming soon to a showroom near you, listed here in alphabetical order.

Audi E-tron GT

 

Gray Audi E-tron GT Concept
With room for four and 590 horsepower, the upcoming 2020 Audi E-tron GT promises performance with a bit of practicality. (Audi)

In advance of a starring role in Marvel Studios’ upcoming summer blockbuster film “Avengers 4,” the 2020 Audi E-tron GT debuted in concept format at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. A sleek, 4-door gran turismo equipped with 590 electrified horsepower, the E-tron GT melds style, sophistication, and speed into a clearly lust-worthy EV.

Ford “Mach 1”

Ford Mustang Inspired Electric Crossover SUV
What would an electric Ford Mustang SUV look like? This rendering gives you a hint. (Ford)

Officially, this new electric crossover SUV from Ford won’t be called the Mach 1, as was originally rumored. However, its styling is clearly influenced by the Mustang, and when it arrives in 2020 it will be similar in form, if not powertrain format, to vehicles such as the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

Jeep Wrangler PHEV

Red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Soon, Jeep will offer Wrangler owners a way to reduce their carbon footprint while they explore parts unknown. (Jeep)

Popular with people of all ages, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds, whether you’re going off-roading or not, nothing reflects a fun, carefree lifestyle quite like a Jeep Wrangler. And if you’re into electrified rides, you’ll be happy to know that Jeep will start selling a plug-in hybrid version of its popular SUV in 2020, one potentially using the same setup as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, which supplies more than 30 miles of electric range.

Polestar 1

White 2020 Polestar 1 Coupe
Volvo’s performance brand, Polestar, is going electric, and the first car you can buy is this sexy (for Volvo) Polestar 1, a plug-in hybrid. (Volvo)

Volvo’s Polestar performance brand has morphed into its electrified luxury performance brand, and the first model you’ll be able to buy is the Polestar 1. Blending clean, Swedish design aesthetics with a 600-hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain powering all four wheels, this appealing 4-seat coupe represents the clip of the electric apex for Volvo.

Porsche Taycan

Disguised 2020 Porsche Taycan at speed
Shown here in light camouflage, the new Porsche Taycan marries electric propulsion with legendary performance. (Porsche)

Wearing a name that roughly translates to “lively young horse,” the Porsche Taycan (ty-con) started life as the Mission E concept. A pure EV, the Taycan marks the start of a new era for Porsche, a 4-door sports coupe that is expected to spawn a crossover sibling and will boast a carbon-neutral production process. The specs? TBD. But rallying legend Walter Röhrl had this to say about a prototype drive: “It’s crazy. In all my years of rallying, I’ve never experienced such performance.”

Rimac C Two

Gray 2020 Rimac C Two
Never heard of Rimac? This Croatian car company intends to change that with the 1,914-hp C Two. (Rimac Automobili)

Based in Croatia, Rimac Automobili is led by Mate Rimac, CEO and hypercar visionary. The startup has debuted two sports cars, the Concept One and the C Two. Almost unbelievably, the Rimac C Two delivers 1,914 hp and acceleration to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds, or so says the company. To keep drivers rubber-side-down, a Driving Coach function loads selected racetracks into onboard computers to provide counsel on racing lines, braking points, and more.

Rivian R1T

Rivian R1T electric pickup truck
Trucks rule in America, and EV startup Rivian thinks the new R1T is perfect for people who define “sexy” with a T-square. (Rivian)

Trucks are the most popular vehicles in America, and EV startup Rivian is seizing an opportunity with the planned R1T. Featuring the rugged good looks truck buyers favor, combined with the futuristic details high-end EV buyers thrill over and a driving range of 400 miles, the Rivian R1T’s planned price of less than $70,000 could give high-end pickups a real run for their money.

Tesla Roadster

Red 2020 Tesla Roadster
Tesla Motors started out building a roadster based on a Lotus Elise. Now the company is rolling out a new, and far more impressive, Roadster likely to set a standard for electric sports car performance. (Tesla)

Tesla showed the world how to build appealing electric cars at scale, and no list of tempting EVs would be complete without at least one of the company models. The upcoming Roadster is exactly that: A sultry high-performance sports car with a claimed 620-mile range and a $200,000 price tag. Go ahead. Reserve yours today. It’ll show up…eventually.


About the Author

  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

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