7 Best Upcoming Electric SUVs In U.S. That Will Challenge Tesla Model Y And X

Best Upcoming electric SUVs 2020-2021 electric vehicles

If you’re a big fan of the EV world, then grab some popcorn and continue reading as we are going to reveal some of the best upcoming electric SUVs and crossovers coming in 2021 and beyond. Right now, Tesla holds a monopoly in the electric car market with Model X and Model Y being popular electric SUVs.

But of course, other EV makers are also working hard to launch their version of a ‘Tesla killer’ in the market. So, here I have listed down the upcoming electric SUVs that you would see on roads in the coming future. However, you won’t find any Tesla-branded electric SUV on this list. The company has already announced the futuristic Cybertruck (and it’s super tough glass), which is available for pre-order.

Anyway, let’s check out some cool electric SUVs in the making.

Note: All the prices mentioned down below are ex-showroom prices.

Upcoming Electric SUVs In 2021-22 And Beyond

Here are some of the best upcoming electric SUVs coming out in 2021 and beyond:

  • Rivian R1S
  • GMC Hummer EV SUV
  • Nissan Arya
  • Byton M-Byte
  • Volkswagen ID.4
  • Cadillac Lyriq
  • Fisker Ocean

Let’s throw a little bit of flashlight on these futuristic electric vehicles coming in the near future.

1. Rivian R1S

Rivian R1S Best Upcoming SUV 2020-2021

Rivian R1S  
Electric Range 400+ Miles – (180 kWh)


300+ Miles – (135 kWh)

250+ Miles – (105 kWh)

Launch Date Late 2021
Price $70,00- $85,000

The R1S is an electric SUV from EV startup Rivian, based in Michigan. The Rivian R1S will be offered in three battery options. Initially, the company will launch only the 300+ miles variant in three different packages. The 300+ miles variant will launch in August 2021. Rivian says it’ll announce the timing of its other two variants after the launch of its 300+ model.

The R1S electric SUV is an All-Wheel-Drive or AWD electric SUV that can wade through 3-feet deep water. It has a maximum towing capability of 7,700 pounds, along with 1,800 pounds worth of payload carrying capacity.

The top model of Rivian R1S will have four electric motors that can generate up to 750 BHP. Similar to the Ford Mach E, the R1S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds.

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2. GMC Hummer EV SUV


GMC Hummer EV SUV  
Electric Range


Up to 300+ miles (EPA)

Launch Date 2023
Price $79,995- $105,595

GMC Hummer EV is available in two models: a SUV and an electric pick-up truck. Speaking of the SUV, it’s offered with four variants depending on the specifications. The top variant which is the Edition 1 is equipped with three motors and expected to launch in early 2023.

The automaker claims that it can go 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Moreover, both the electric pickup and SUV have insane configuration and loaded with features.

The automaker also provides extreme off-road features crabwalk mode, extract mode, four-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, and much more. Long story short, the upcoming Hummer EV has all the qualities that can give Tesla a tough competition.  

3. Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya  
Electric Range Up to 300 Miles (63 kWh and 87 kWh)
Launch Date 2021
Price 63 kWh- $40,000 (est.)


87 kWh- $45,000 (est.)

Ariya is the upcoming electric crossover SUV from Nissan. Soon, it’ll join Nissan leaf in the company’s portfolio of electric vehicles. Nissan Ariya is designed to attract the modern generation, hence equipped with the latest technology.

It will be available in four variants: 2WD Standard Range, e-4ORCE Standard Range, 2WD Long Range, and e-4ORCE Long Range.

So far, the automaker hasn’t revealed much about the Nissan Ariya. However, it’ll have an electric range of up to 300 miles that will give it a chance to compete against rivals like Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona EV.

The automaker says it’ll have dual motors and an all-wheel-drive configuration for better traction control and smooth power delivery. Furthermore, it’ll be equipped with features like Nissan ProPilot, Amazon Alexa, and much more.

4. Byton M-Byte

Byton M-Byte Best Upcoming SUV 2020-2021

Byton M-Byte  
Electric Range 267 miles (NEDC) – (72 kWh)


341 miles (NEDC) –  (95 kWh)

Launch Date 2021
Price $45,000 (Expected)

Byton M-Byte is an all-electric compact SUV from the Chinese automaker. It’s the first electric car from the company. The Byton M-Byte will be available in two battery packs: a 72 kWh and a 95 kWh battery pack.

The 72 kWh trim comes with a Rear Wheel Drive system that can produce 268 HP whereas the 95 kWh is an AWD, and it generates around 402 HP. In terms of performance, the 95 kWh can touch 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.

The higher variant will have a top speed of 190 km/h. M-Byte will be a luxury electric car at a reasonable price. One of the highlighting features of M-Byte is the massive infotainment screen that stretches in curved shape on the dashboard.

5. Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV
Image: Volkswagen
Volkswagen ID.4  
Electric Range 250 Miles
Launch Date 2021
Price $39,995- $43,995

Volkswagen ID.4 is one of the most anticipated electric SUVs from the leading German automaker. The company aims to establish a strong electric vehicle base in the US with ID.4.

Initially, the German automaker announced only two trims for the electric SUV: Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition and ID.4 Pro S. Customers can book online through the company’s official website. However, the ID.4 first edition is already sold out.

It’s built on the automaker’s latest MEB platform, which is specifically designed for future EVs. The automaker says “you will feel the difference MEB makes“, VW ID.4 has a longer wheelbase, short overhangs, and a spacious interior.

VW ID.4 looks amazing inside out and comes loaded with numerous features. In addition, with the strong reputation of VW as an automaker in the industry, it can be a good option for consumers.

6. Cadillac LYRIQ EV

_Cadillac EV Upcoming electric SUV 2020-2021_Cadillac EV Upcoming electric SUV 2020-2021

Cadillac LYRIQ EV  
Electric Range 300 miles (Est.)
Launch Date 2023 (Expected)
Price TBA

Though GM plans to launch a fleet of 22 electric vehicles by 2023, there is limited information about its first EV Cadillac LYRIQ. However, what we know is that it will be a luxury electric SUV.

It will have an estimated range of around 300 miles and will be incorporated with new Ultium battery technology. It’s the same technology used in GMC Hummer EV.  Additionally, it’ll be equipped with a 33″ diagonal LED display, features like supercruise, an augmented reality headup display, and much more.

Furthermore, the automaker is yet to announce the price of Cadillac LYRIQ.

7. Ocean Fisker

_Fisker Ocean EV Upcoming electric SUV 2020-2021

Fisker Ocean  
Electric Range 250-300 miles
Launch Date 2022
Price $37,499

Set to launch in 2022, Fisker Ocean is a sober-looking electric SUV with impressive off-roading capabilities. All models of this electric SUV will be All-Wheel Drive except the base model, which will be Rear-Wheel Drive.

The AWD model of Fisker Ocean electric SUV will deliver an output of more than 300 HP. In terms of interior, the SUV will have an all-vegan interior integrated with recycled materials. Whether the vegan interior will remain optional or standard with all variants is not mentioned on the website.

Upcoming Electric SUVs: Our Pick

All automakers have tried their best to make an electric SUV. However, if the price wasn’t an issue, then the Rivian R1S with 180 kWh battery pack stands out as our personal favorite among all-electric SUVs.

Its robust design, towing capacity, quad-motors, range, and above all, the ability to wade through 3-feet of water makes it the perfect SUV to go anywhere. However, it’s also the most expensive on the list.

If we have to pick a budget SUV then, we believe Volkswagen ID.4 is one of the best options. Though it’s slightly less in range, in terms of build quality, features, and value it stands out.

So these were some of the best upcoming electric SUVs and electric crossovers. If you have any other upcoming electric SUV in your mind, do let us know and we’ll add them to our list.

What electric SUVs are available now?

Some of the best electric SUVs available in the market now are Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach E, Tesla Model X, Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV, etc.

How much do the best electric SUVs cost?

Out of all the electric SUVs selling in the U.S right now, Tesla Model X is the most expensive one. The price of Model X starts at $99,990. However, the best SUV doesn’t have to be the most expensive one and therefore we suggest Model Y as it seems a more practical SUV.

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