With ‘E’ being one of the most used letters in the alphabet, you could assume that car models beginning with E would be proliferous.
On conducting a little research, there are at least 100 models of vehicle type we can find that are named with an ‘E’.
Here are a snapshot of 10 vehicles starting with E that we think are worth a mention.
The British luxury motor vehicle maker Jaguar has produced a small SUV called E-Pace.
Since joining Jaguar’s family of SUV’s in 2018, the E-Pace has sat under the larger F-Pace mid-sized SUV. It was created to rival the German branded BMW X1, X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3.
The Jaguar E-Pace also shares a platform with its sister brand Land Rover and the smaller Range Rover Evoque.
The E-Pace starts with the AWD P250, which is available from $69,000. It rounds out with the Sport AWD P300 at about $84,500.
The Ecosport is Ford’s entry into the small crossover market and is well known on account of it being constructed in India specifically for the Australian market.
At the base level, the Ecosport Ambiente is a popular five-door SUV that is priced at around $23,000. It is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The EcosportTitaniuum by contrast is priced at $28,000 and is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Both are backed by a six-speed auto.
This vehicle competes in the same market space as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Although it is very cute and has an incredibly affordable price tag, it still lacks the sales traction of its nearest rivals.
Although it lives in the shadows of the I30 hatch, the Hyundai Elantra’s small four-door sedan is one of the company’s top world-wide sellers.
In Australia, it was first known as a Lantra. But after another car manufacturer objected to the name, it changed to Elantra.
The sixth-generation Elantra first went on sale locally in 2015 and is now offered in a range of grades with prices starting at $16,500 for the GO 2.0-litre petrol engine. It goes up to $37,500 for the Sport Premium turbocharged 1.6-litre SR (manual only).
Nissan Elgrand Australia
The Nissan Elgrand is designed for the Japanese domestic market and is a large people mover.
While this model has never been sold as new in Australia, used examples of all three generations produced have made their way to our shores as one of the most favoured grey imports.
The first generation was produced from 1997-2002 as the Elgrand E50. The second generation from 2002-2010 was the Elgrand E51 and the third generation manufactured from 2010 was named the Elgrand E52.
This model has had a variety of seating configurations. It also has a range of engines from a four-cylinder to a V6 petrol engine and comes as a two or all-wheel drive.
This two-door, two-seater, tiny Lotus Elise sports car has been in production continuously since 1997. But since that time has been able to remain relevant and fresh, despite its relative ambiguity.
Its lightweight body and minimal driver aides are what distinguish the Elise from its main competition, and it is this philosophy that the small English company has stuck with to this day.
The Elise features an extruded aluminium chassis with a fibreglass body bolted on top and a four-cylinder engine. Earlier cars used a four-cylinder engine that was sourced from MG-Rover.
However, models produced from 2007 onwards use the four-cylinder petrol engines from Toyota in different forms. These range from Elise Sport 240 at $ 98,000 up to the Elise CUP 250 at $ 110,000 Final Edition.
The Holden Equinox served as the Captiva replacement, even though it is a five-seater, in the mid-size SUV class rival against the Toyota RAV4.
It was launched in 2017, and a trio of turbo four-cylinder engines were offered. These included a 1.5-litre base model (LS only), a 2.0-litre mainstay model (LT, LTZ) and a 1.6-litre diesel. The last two engine models offered an all-wheel drive option to the standard front-wheel drive layout.
The Mexican-made Astra small-car-based Equinox was eventually discontinued after slow sales, along with the Holden brand itself in 2020.
Currently, the Equinox is available in a variety of ranges starting with the Equinox LT Black Edition (fwd) at a smidge under $ 30,000. It tops out at the Equinox LTZ (fwd), which is a very reasonable $ 33,000 all things considered.
Ford Explorer Australia
A US-built, large five-seater SUV, the Ford Explorer was sold in Australia between 1996 and 2005. In that time approximately 15,000 units were snapped up by consumers.
The V8-powered SUV’s days were numbered with the introduction of the locally-built Ford Territory. This outsold the Explorer 10-1 in its first sale year in 2004 – despite only arriving in Australia in June of that year. The sale prices at the time ranged from just under $6,000 for the Explorer XLT and around $13.000 for the Explorer Limited.
In the United States, the Explorer was the target of a protracted and bitter recall battle between Firestone and Ford. Each company blamed the other for the rollover-type crashes involving the Explorer that took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During them, some 300 people died.
Mercedes E63 AMG
The forthcoming E-Class is said to be the last vehicle model from Mercedes-Benz based on a platform of solely petrol and diesel engines. The E-Class, however, is expected to come with a mild-hybrid 48V option assistance, for both the 3.0-litre turbo petrol and 2.9-litre turbo diesel engines.
A plug-in hybrid will also be on offer, with a 28.6kWh battery pack providing up to 100 km of electric-only driving. While the flagship E63 will likely swap out its V8 engine for a new smaller engine with electric assistance.
The price tag for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class does vary based on the options you decide upon. It starts from around $107,500 for the base model and goes up to $270,000 for the top end of the model range.
Towards the end of 2018, Audi introduced its first all-electric vehicle to the world – the Audi E-Tron. In doing so, a whole new history for the brand began to unfold. The E-Tron brand name references cars that are completely powered by electricity. They feature fast charging, plug-in convenience, zero emissions and advanced energy recuperation when you are driving.
The E-Tron is the very peak of automotive technology, driven by two electric motors and electric quattro all-wheel drive, Audi has achieved a single charge range of more than 400 km.
The E-Tron 55 base model starts at $148,000 and the top of the range E-Tron RS GT is priced at a tick below $250,000.
The Hybrid is a conventional pairing of a 1.6-litre engine with a 1.32kWH battery. It also has an electric motor combined to create an output of 104kW and 265Nm. This means it takes a leisurely 10 seconds to reach 100km/h.
The EV is a bit different and receives a 64.8kWh battery, as well as a front-mounted motor that produces 150kW and 255Nm. The EV sprints from 0-100km/h in just 7.8 seconds.
Kia states the Niro EV will deliver approximately 460 km in its driving range when it is fully charged.
The EV Niro range starts out at $65,500 for the S EV and $72,000 for the sportier GT-line EV.