Canadian customers are welcoming long-anticipated arrivals like the Lyriq and soon, the Ariya, while other models may tip over into early 2023
The electric revolution is building momentum as we reach the end of the calendar year, meaning Canadian EV shoppers will spot a variety of new choices at your local dealerships.
Q4 2022 has been busy for automakers as long-awaited vehicles — ranging from luxury to mainstream — finally arrive.
The increasing variety in inventory, combined with encouraging new sales and Canadian vehicle registration data, is contributing to the excited buzz around these end-of-year arrivals and a hint at what will be coming in 2023.
Here are the electric vehicles coming to Canada in Q4 in this latest EV Tracker roundup.
Audi Q4 e-tron rolling out across Canada
The Audi Q4 e-tron and its stylish Sportback variant arrived in Canadian dealers in August and have been flowing out to customers since. Starting at $59,950, the Audi Q4 e-tron features 295 horsepower and all-wheel-drive. The 82-kWh battery delivers about 388 kilometres of range on a charge and features support for DC Fast Charging speeds up to 135 kW.
Furthermore, anyone who buys a Q4 e-tron also gets four years or 1,400 kWh of complimentary fast charging at Electrify Canada locations — a perk likely to prove attractive to e-tron road trippers.
Cadillac Lyriq brings EV luxury to Q4 2022
Audi is far from the only luxury automaker delivering EVs to Canadians in the fourth quarter of 2022. Cadillac is bringing its fancy Lyriq crossover to Canada, marking a significant milestone for General Motors.
The Cadillac Lyriq is the first production vehicle that uses the modular Ultium electric vehicle and battery platform. The platform enables the Lyriq to feature a large 100 kWh battery, which delivers excellent range and DC Fast Charging rates of up to 190 kW.
The rear-wheel-drive version of the Lyriq is arriving first, offering a driving range of 502 km on a charge. This version of the Lyriq features a single drive unit, outputting 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive versions feature 500 horsepower and are expected in early 2023.
“The first Canadian deliveries of the Cadillac Lyriq will be happening before the end of the month,” explained Philippe-Andre Bisson, senior manager of product communications at GM Canada.
General Motors will follow up the Lyriq with the GMC Hummer EV, which is expected in Q1 2023.
Mercedes-Benz adds EQE and EQB to electric lineup
You’ll soon catch several electric Benzs rolling through the streets of Canada. Mercedes will be delivering the speedy, high-performance 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS 4MATIC+ sedan, 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE sedans as well as the smaller 2023 EQB 350 4MATIC SUV by the end of the year.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS will deliver more performance than the traditional EQS model; it packs over 700 hp. However, the EQE and EQB will bring electric Mercedes to a new audience, as the EQE will be more affordable than the EQS, while the EQB is an SUV. The EQE comes in two variations. The EQE 350 model will offer 288 horsepower, while the EQE 500 model will deliver 402 hp. Range and pricing haven’t been shared, but that information should be available soon. If you want an EQE but are thinking of something more family friendly, the 2023 EQE SUV is expected to arrive in Q2 of 2023.
Additionally, the new EQB will feature a 70.5 kWh battery to deliver 365 km of range on a charge. The all-electric compact SUV uses two electric motors, combining for 288 hp and all-wheel-drive. It’s a rival for the previously mentioned Audi Q4 e-tron and the Tesla Model Y. And at $75,700, it’s priced between the two.
Nissan Ariya finally lands in Q4 2022
The Nissan Leaf has been waiting patiently for a stablemate to join it at the dealership, and its wish will finally come true. After a long delay, deliveries of the 2023 Nissan Ariya will begin in Q4 2022. The front-wheel-drive models will arrive first, while AWD models will arrive in 2023.
The Nissan Ariya comes in a variety of configurations. It comes equipped with a modestly sized 63 kWh battery or a long-range 87 kWh unit, which can be paired with front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. Front-wheel-drive models offer up to 482 km of range, while all-wheel-drive models top out at 426 km.
The vehicle starts at $52,998 for Engage FWD models, while fully loaded all-wheel-drive Premiere models will set you back $69,998.
Subaru Solterra a late quarter arrival
The first all-electric Subaru is slated to hit the roads before the end of the year, but Subaru declined to give a specific date.
The 2023 Subaru Solterra, starting at $54,295, shares its platform with the Toyota bZ4X, but is only available in all-wheel-drive.
The all-electric Japanese crossover will have 360 km of range on a single charge, which is a touch below that of its competition. However, expect that Subaru-esque rugged sense of adventure with the Solterra, which includes the X-Mode off-road setting to give drivers confidence in slippery road conditions.
Toyota bZ4X returns to market
Finally, Toyota has confirmed that the 2023 bZ4X will be available by the end of the month after a recall and stop sale earlier this year.
To recap on what this vehicle offers: the bZ4X uses a shared platform with the Subaru Solterra, but Toyota differentiates its EV by offering both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive variants. Both models feature a battery in excess of 70 kWh, with the front-wheel-drive models delivering an estimated 406 km, while AWD models manages 367 km. The bZ4X starts at $44,990 and tops out at $62,750.
VinFast VF8 lands in Q4 2022
If the established players in the world of EVs aren’t catching your attention, then perhaps an all-new brand will do the trick.
The VinFast VF8 is expected to arrive before the end of the year and the Vietnamese automaker is ramping up its efforts to ensure you don’t forget about it. The brand’s first store is opening in Toronto in mid-November, while the company has also announced its plans to team up with Canadian battery recycler Li-Cycle for its longer term closed loop EV battery plan. VinFast is also investing US$4 billion to make a vehicle manufacturing plant in North Carolina.
The VF8 is the first vehicle expected to land in Canada, sporting an SUV body style that will come in two trims. Both trims feature all-wheel-drive and are advertised to deliver at least 400 km of range. If everything goes according to plan, the VF8 will offer an extended range battery next year. Shoppers will have to pony up $54,990 to get into the VF8 (not including VinFast’s unique monthly battery subscription program), while the larger VF9 is expected to arrive some time in 2023.
Nice to see these beautiful vehicles coming on stream, but I am waiting to see more affordable products. When EVs hit price parity with ICEs, things will really take off.
It’s almost comical to use the word “inventory” when talking about dealers selling EV’s.
A lot of rather boring SUV/cross-overs in that list and one high end sedan……………..yawn.
I would love to see a list of sub-compact and micro EVs available in Canada that are less wasteful of resources.
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