China's new Tesla Model Y rival is nearly ready.
Last year, China's Aiways presented the U6ion, a slick coupe SUV concept designed by none other than Ken Okuyama wh the Ferrari Enzo. Over a year later, Aiways is preparing to start deliveries of the production U6 in China and Europe. Effectively, this is China's answer to the Tesla Model Y, but it looks a lot sleeker and is designed to appeal to younger buyers.
With its sporty proportions, muscular wheel arches, and short overhangs, the production model is heavily inspired by the stunning concept, and that's not a bad thing. Compared to the Aiways U5, the U6 is 2.4 inches longer, while the gently sloping roof features tinted glass.
Waterfall-inspired headlights feature at the front, flanked with large cooling air inlets with a flap system that can open and close to improve the aerodynamics, while the front splitter increases downforce and stability. The shark nose-inspired front end, subtle rear spoiler, and rear diffuser also help reduce drag. Thanks to its aerodynamic design, the U6 has an impressive drag coefficient of 0.26, which is lower than the U5 at 0.29.
This also puts it nearly on par with the Mercedes EQS, which has a drag coefficient of 0.20 - the lowest of any production car. An LED strip runs across the entire width of the U6 connecting the rear taillights and the U6 rides on lightweight 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, the interior incorporates wingback sport seats with audio headrests and a steering wheel with buttons inspired by a game controller and a double-spoke design mimicking a Formula E car. A 14.6-inch frameless central screen and a second 8.2-inch screen dominate the dashboard. For safety, its unique "sandwich" battery pack structure is designed to prevent coolant from entering the battery module during a crash, reducing the risk of a fire.
No technical details have been revealed, but the U5 produces 201 hp from a single electric motor and offers a driving range of around 248 miles. Sales for the Aiways U6 will start in China and Europe later this year. And don't rule out the carmaker entering the US market in the near future.