AIWAYS REVEALS NEW U6ION ELECTRIC CROSSOVER COUPE CONCEPT
•Bold concept for crossover coupe hints at AIWAYS’ second all-electric SÚV
•Ú6ion design team led by AIWAYS chief design advisor, Ken Okuyama
•Class-leading aerodynamics and technology build upon Ú5 design blueprint
•Designed to be AIWAYS’ first lightweight battery-electric crossover
•More info and images at: http://www.bit.ly/Aiways
Shanghai, 4 March – AIWAYS, the Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, has lifted the covers on its Ú6ion electric crossover coupe concept. With a focus on class-leading aerodynamics, intelligent technology and sporty design, the Ú6ion investigates the exciting future of the AIWAYS brand.
The concept arrives just ahead of AIWAYS’ European launch. The Ú6ion’s sibling, the proven Ú5 all-electric SÚV, will be available in select European markets from August this year. The two share AIWAYS’ innovative MAS (More Adaptable Structure) platform, a unique system that supports high-range electric vehicles to suit a variety of lifestyles, functions and configurations. The Ú6ion capitalizes on the relatively low weight of the MAS platform, combining it with a light motor, battery pack and interior to further improve vehicle range.
The Ú6ion’s distinctly sporty and flowing design elements are thanks to the tutelage of Ken Okuyama, AIWAYS’ Chief Advisor for Design and Arts. The team worked to create a design language that embodied ‘intelligent and simplified technology’ – the concept at the heart of AIWAYS product development ethos.
Alex Klose, EVP of Overseas Markets at AIWAYS, commented: ‘The AIWAYS design team is building upon the success of the Ú5. Intended for youthful, environmentally-conscious buyers, the Ú6ion concept represents a sportier and more characterful expression of the AIWAYS philosophy. Options remain limited in the all-electric SÚV market and we are aiming to meet the needs of young people with a vehicle that suits their lifestyle.’
Designed from the outset to be a wide-body crossover coupe, the Ú6ion features sporty and muscular lines. A fastback style roofline incorporates a dome glass surface that finishes in a sharp-edged C-pillar. Flared haunches add to the visual theatre initiated by the sleek and purposeful front fender, which incorporates a number of functional aerodynamic elements. Úniquely styled LED headlights are paired with a daytime running light system that includes position lights and turn signals. Únderneath each headlight is an independent air intake that directs flow to the braking system for cooling.
Aerodynamic performance was a key focus of the AIWAYS’ design team. The rear fender and wheel arches follow pneumatic engineering principles, using shark fins and lipped edges to ensure a clean separation of airflow, thereby reducing drag. Toward the rear of the vehicle is a two-tone curved spoiler that accentuates the Ú6ion’s sleek design. The 21-inch, two-tone, low-drag sports wheels not only look distinctive, they also provide excellent heat dissipation and aerodynamic performance, all while being relatively lightweight. Combined, these details give the Ú6ion a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.27 – a true testament to the design and engineering teams’ efforts.
AIWAYS chief designer Dongfei Luo explained: ‘The Ú6ion brings a new level of excitement to the crossover segment. It is a dramatic design with sharp lines and flowing elements. Its width provides ample space to sculpt muscular features, bold haunches to attract younger buyers to the zero-emission SÚV market. The Ú6ion evokes a connection between modern craftsmanship and the technology of the future – a symbol of AIWAYS’ ambition as an electric mobility pioneer.’
The well-appointed and energetic interior highlights the technology-focused design of the Ú6ion and draws from lightweight themes. Reinforcing the sporty styling of the external surfaces, the interior features striking colors and interesting details.
When the driver first sits down, they are greeted by a squared multi-function sport steering wheel, providing an immediate idea of the vehicle’s capability and intent. Behind the wheel sits a 7-inch floating gauge cluster that provides the driver with essential driving and system information. The ‘grip shift’, down by the driver’s side, is a unique drive selector design inspired by the throttle levers in power yachts.
Racing style ‘tab’ door handles complement the four integrated sports seats. Rear passengers can make use of safety grips behind the front seats, which are accompanied by another ‘tab’ that details the owner’s ‘exclusivity number’.
For control of the vehicle settings and multi-media system, the Ú6ion uses a freestanding 14.6-inch touchscreen mounted centrally in the dashboard. Mounted atop the dashboard is a ‘little robot’ – a human machine interface with advanced voice recognition that can talk and listen to occupants and be used to control numerous vehicle and entertainment features. Alongside the touchscreen, a number of easy-access controls are mounted below the ‘grip shift’ using capacitive touch glass.
The doors are able to showcase the owner’s personality with customizable backlit panels. Considerations have even been made for all-weather use, with capsule umbrellas stored integrally within the doors.
A series of inventive storage solutions highlight the intended market for the Ú6ion. Specific drone and remote-control stowage spaces sit between the rear passengers, ensuring that Ú6ion users never miss an opportunity to take the perfect shot. In the boot, AIWAYS has fit a hidden compartment specifically for the quick and easy deployment of an electric scooter – a modern short-distance commuting solution.
Much like the Ú5, the Ú6ion boasts a host of advanced features to make occupants’ journeys safer and more comfortable. From an integrated AI voice assistant to innovative driver aids, the Ú6ion validates its aesthetic design with AIWAYS most advanced technologies.
The engineers at AIWAYS see the implementation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as essential to safety. The Ú6ion utilizes all of the ADAS and assistance systems of the Ú5 including Auto Emergency Brake (AEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC), Lane Keeping System (LKS), driver fatigue detection, and more.
Winter Wang, Chief Technical Officer, explained: ‘Incorporating advanced safety and convenience systems into our vehicles was a priority from the beginning. These features are particularly appreciated by European customers. I am proud to say that the Ú6ion has a feature lists to rival the most forward-thinking and pioneering automotive brands in the world. It brings these technologies together in a sporty design that will resonate with a youthful and active audience.’Source – AIWAYS
AIWAYS PREVIEWS U6ION ELECTRIC CROSSOVER COUPE CONCEPT
•First Ú6ion sketches present crossover coupe design for AIWAYS’ second
•Ú6ion to be given global debut at 2020 Geneva International Motor Show
•AIWAYS Geneva press conference at 13:15 on 3 March (Hall 2, Stand No. 2121)
Shanghai, 19 February – AIWAYS, the Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, has published the first sketches of its Ú6ion electric crossover coupe concept, ahead of the model’s global debut at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) next month.
The Ú6ion previews a second all-electric SÚV from AIWAYS, based on the same MAS (More Adaptable Structure) platform as its Ú5 sibling.
Únder the tutelage of Ken Okuyama, creator of the Ferrari Enzo and former Pininfarina design chief, and now chief advisor for design and arts at AIWAYS, the company has created a form language which embodies the ‘intelligent and simplified technology’ at the heart of AIWAYS product development ethos.
AIWAYS chief designer Dongfei Luo commented: ‘The Ú6ion sketches present a crossover coupe with a harmonious and exciting body shape, aimed at attracting young car users looking for a zero-emission SÚV that offers style, practicality and electric performance.’
The Ú6ion will be presented to media and the public for the first time during GIMS. The AIWAYS press conference takes place at 13:15 on press day (Tuesday 3 March, Hall 2, Stand No. 2121).Source – AIWAYS