XUV400 to Ioniq 5: Five upcoming EVs in India

If you’re planning to buy an EV soon, it might be worth the extra wait. More EVs will be launched or rolled out in India in the coming weeks as the automaker gears up for the debut of these new EVs. Some automakers have even confirmed release timelines, while others have hinted at early next year. From the Mahindra XUV400 to the Hyundai Ioniq 5, these EVs will be offered in different sizes, from the most affordable to the smallest. Take a quick look at the five electric vehicles expected to hit Indian shores.

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December 14, 2022 at 11:55 am

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 (above) and the Mahindra XUV400 (below) are the upcoming EVs that will be launched in India early next year.

Mahindra XUV400

Mahindra and Mahindra demonstrated the XUV400 earlier this year. The XUV400, billed as India’s fastest and best-ranging electric SUV, will be officially launched in January next year. Based on the ICE version of Mahindra’s XUV300 subcompact SUV, the XUV400 will compete with rivals such as the Tata Nexon EV Max, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona when launched.

Mahindra promises that the XUV400 will have a range of 456 kilometers on a single charge. This puts the Mahindra XUV400 ahead of the Tata Nexon EV with a range of 437 km on a single charge. The XUV400 is also capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds, slightly faster than the Tata Nexon EV, which does the same in about 9 seconds. The EV is powered by a 39.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which it claims can be fully charged in less than an hour using fast-charging technology.


After the success of its first EV, the ZS EV, launched in India three years ago, MG Motor is poised to add another EV to its portfolio. This time around, it could be the smallest EV in India right now. The upcoming MG electric vehicle will be a rebadged iteration of the Wuling Air EV, mainly sold in China and other global markets. It is expected to debut early next month.

At 2,900mm in length, the three-door EV is smaller than the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Tata Nano, which measure 3,445mm and 3,099mm respectively. The upcoming MG Air EV is expected to be powered by a 20-25 kWh battery pack paired with a single front axle-mounted electric motor with an output of around 68 hp. A single charge provides a range of 200 km to 300 km.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai has confirmed the arrival of the Ioniq 5 EV, which was earlier launched in global markets. The Ioniq 5, which shares the same platform as its tech cousin the Kia EV6, will offer Indian customers another option in the premium EV segment. It will be the second all-electric car from South Korea to be launched in the Indian car market after the Kona.

Hyundai offers two battery packs for the Ioniq 5 in most available markets. Both RWD or AWD configurations are available with 58 kWh and 72.6 kWh battery packs. The EV claims a range of about 385 kilometers on a single charge with the smaller battery pack, and about 480 kilometers with the 72.6 kWh pack. Using a 350 kW DC fast charger, the battery pack can be charged from 0% to 80% in 18 minutes.

Citroen eC3

The French auto giant recently launched its first electric vehicle in India. The upcoming EV is called the eC3 and will be based on Citroen’s C3 hatchback and SUV proportions. Citroen had earlier confirmed when it unveiled the C3 earlier this year that it would launch its first electric car in 2023.

The eC3 is expected to feature a small battery with a capacity of around 30 kWh, almost a similar size to what Tata Motors offers in the Nexon EV. A single charge provides a range of around 250 kilometers.

Tata Altroz ​​EV

After launching the Tiago EV, India’s most affordable EV to date, Tata Motors is reportedly gearing up to further add to its electric lineup in the hatchback segment with the Altroz ​​EV. A few years ago, the automaker revealed an EV version of its premium hatchback at a European auto show. It is expected to be powered by the same battery pack used inside the Tigor EV, offering a range of around 250-300 kilometers on a single charge. Tata is likely to debut the Altroz ​​EV during the Auto Expo next January.

First published date: December 14, 2022 at 11:55 AM CST


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