Take A Look Inside iPhone Maker's New Electric Car

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This looks on par with other luxury EVs set to hit the market next year.

Just yesterday, we reported on three new electric vehicles that were revealed by iPhone maker Foxconn, or more specifically, its subsidiary, Foxtron. There's the Model C, an SUV akin to something like the Tesla Model Y, and the Model T, a huge bus intended for use as public transport. Finally, there's the Model E, a car that doesn't look too dissimilar from the Lucid Air luxury sedan.

This is the most interesting one because it was designed in collaboration with Pininfarina, one of the most hallowed design houses in history. In the short video below, Kevin Rice, Pininfarina's Chief Creative Officer, gives us a little insight into what the Model E's design is all about. Be warned - this man really likes the word 'elegance'.

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As we can see. the Model E will use lighting to communicate with other entities, be they cyclists, pedestrians, or other motorists. This is not unlike the Hyundai 'talking' grille that CarBuzz recently discovered. Pininfarina calls these 'smart surfaces', and they're joined by facial recognition systems that are used to unlock the vehicle. Presumably, this facial recognition system will be expanded to allow for ease of access to multiple driver profiles, adjusting settings to suit the person in command of the car. The video also allows us a closer look at the flush door handles and skinny wing mirrors, which are actually cameras.

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Inside, the gorgeous cabin is chock full of quilted surfaces and masterful stitching, and the white finish contrasting with blue lighting elements really gives this car a feel of top-drawer luxury. The car is a strict four-seater, with rear occupants getting a center console, although it is unclear if this will house any controls. The steering wheel appears to be very simple too, not falling prone to the trend of covering every surface with buttons. The driver cluster appears to display everything from media and driving info to even the images from the wing-mounted cameras. This is unusual considering that most cars with cameras as mirrors tend to house the displays near the A-pillars.

We'll likely get a closer look at how everything works in the coming months, but for now, the 750-horsepower Model E looks fantastic. And elegant.

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