News Roundup: Record Tesla deliveries, Jeep 4xe, electric original Minis and more

Also in the news this week: a 77-km Range Rover PHEV is coming soon and the Mercedes-Benz EQS is at dealers.

In the news this week, Tesla reports record deliveries, delays Cybertruck, Semi, and Roadster, Jeep prices the Grand Cherokee PHEV, a 77-km Range Rover PHEV is coming soon, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is at dealers, Mini is electrifying vintage models, and AJAC has announced the 2022 Canadian Car and Utility of the Year Awards category finalists.

Tesla’s earnings call showed positive financial results for the company last year, but a delay in new models, including the automaker’s planned electric pickup. Tesla reported nearly one million vehicles delivered globally last year, up 87 per cent from the prior year. The Model 3 and Model Y made up 97 per cent of those sales. Company CEO Elon Musk said he expects to exceed 50 percent growth again in 2022, but said that supply issues will see its factories run below capacity for the year. The Cybertruck, Semi, and Roadster are now expected “hopefully next year” said Musk, and added the company was focusing its resources on existing production. Musk also announced that the company has stopped working on the entry-level model he had announced in 2020.

Jeep announced pricing for its plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe will start from $74,995 and offer a 2.0-litre turbo-four paired with two electric motors to deliver a 40 km EV range, 4.1 Le/100 km, 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s more power than its optional 5.7-litre V8. The 4xe will be offered in base, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trims. All will have 4×4 with low-range and can tow up to 6,000 lbs. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe will arrive at dealers in the spring.

Land Rover’s 2023 Range Rover Extended-Range PHEV is now available to order in Canada. The plug-in Range Rover will offer an electric range estimated to be 77 km, putting it near the top of all PHEV offerings. Pricing for the P440e model will start from $131,100 in Canada, with deliveries expected to start later in the year. In addition to the 77 km range, the PHEV will allow 50 kW Level 3 charging, one of just a few plug-in hybrids to offer that fast charging. The company says a fully electric model is expected to follow in 2024. A new Range Rover SV ultra-luxury model will also be available. From $213,800, it will have exclusive materials including ceramics and sustainably sourced wood, with two-tone interior options.

Mercedes-Benz said that the EQS 580 4Matic is now available in Canada. The all-electric four-door coupe is the flagship of Merc’s EQ brand, boasting features like a massive display dubbed Hyperscreen. Pricing starts from $144,200, $1,300 more than a gas-powered S-Class sedan, and has begun arriving at dealers this month. The EV offers a 547 km estimated range and fast charging at up to 200 kW for a 10-80 per cent charge in as little as 31 minutes. It also includes Mercedes me Charge access, which combines access to public charge points with access to semi-public ports. Think chargers at offices, shopping malls, and hotels, which would otherwise be limited to employees and customers.

Mini has announced that it will begin converting classic versions of its cars to electric, a factory-endorsed upgrade. Mini Recharged adds a 121 hp electric motor in place of the original tiny gas engines, with zero-100 km/h in around nine seconds. A 6.6 kWh battery gives these Minis an estimated 160 km range. Interior changes will include a new electric instrument cluster that adds EV info to the look of the original. The cars will initially be offered in the UK, where Mini points out that the cars will have access to parts of London where gas models are banned or fined. We expect similar electric conversions to become more commonplace as electric vehicles become more commonplace, offering a way to have classic style and handling without classic powertrain woes.

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada announced three finalists each in 13 categories in the running for the 2022 Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility of the Year. Category winners will be announced next month, with the overall winners Feb. 28.

Best Small Car in Canada for 2022:

Honda Civic


Nissan Sentra

Best Large Car in Canada for 2022:

Honda Accord

Kia K5

Toyota Camry

Best Small Premium Car in Canada for 2022:

BMW 3 Series/4 Series

Genesis G70

Lexus IS

Best Sports/Performance Car in Canada for 2022:

Mazda MX-5

Toyota 86

Toyota Supra

Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2022:

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-30

Toyota Corolla Cross

Best Mid-size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2022:

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Tucson

Mitsubishi Outlander

Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2022:

Kia Sorento

Nissan Pathfinder

Toyota Highlander

Best Mid-size Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2022:

Genesis GV70

Jaguar F-PACE

Lexus NX

Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2022:

Cadillac Escalade

Genesis GV80

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Best Off-Road Vehicle in Canada for 2022:

Ford Bronco

Jeep Wrangler

Best Minivan in Canada for 2022:

Chrysler Pacifica

Kia Carnival

Toyota Sienna

Best Small Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2022:

Hyundai Santa Cruz

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Best EV in Canada for 2022:

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Hyundai Kona Electric

Kia Niro EV

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