Presenting The Aiways U6ion, China's Response To The Tesla Model Y

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But is it any good?

The first thing you need to know about the Aiways U6ion is that it was designed by Ken Okuyama, who once previously headed Italian design powerhouse Pininfarina. His previous work includes the Ferrari Enzo. Perhaps you've heard of it? Previously teased ahead of its debut at the canceled 2020 Geneva Motor Show, the Shanghai-based mobility provider Aiways has gone ahead with the online reveal.

The Aiways U6ion is an all-electric crossover coupe concept that has a production model in mind. It's based on the same platform as the company's U5 all-electric crossover, which is slated to go on sale in Europe very soon. Instead of the U5's more traditional design, the U6ion is a wide-body crossover coupe featuring sporty and muscular lines and a fastback body style. It's definitely aimed at something like the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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Some of its standout design features include a roofline incorporating a dome glass surface, flared haunches, and a front fender with aerodynamic elements. The LED headlights are combined with a daytime running light system with position lights and signals. Interestingly, underneath each of the headlights is an independent air intake to direct flow to the braking system for additional cooling. Out back is a two-tone curved spoiler. The rear fender and wheel arches have shark fins and lipped edges for better separation of airflow which helps to reduce drag. In fact, the U6ion has a claimed class-leading drag coefficient of 0.27 Cd and rides on a set of 21-inch two-tone wheels.

The technology-heavy interior is decked out with a squared, multi-function steering wheel and a 7-inch floating gauge cluster directly behind it. A centrally-mounted 14.6-inch touchscreen adorns the dashboard. Also located on top of the dash is a "little robot", described as a "human machine interface with advanced voice recognition" capable of talking and listening to occupants. This voice control system handles things like entertainment features.

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There's also a yacht-inspired "grip shift" drive selector. There are just four seats instead of the usual five for a crossover like this. A pair of captain's chairs replace the typical rear seat bench. Overall, the U6ion is an impressive and smartly designed all-electric crossover.

No specific details were provided regarding its lightweight motor and battery pack output, but its U5 sibling produces 185 horsepower and a driving range of about 285 miles. Given the growing list of sporty and suave-looking fully electric crossovers coming to market, don't be at all surprised to see the Aiways U6ion reach production in the near future.

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