Update: ‘Aiways U5 Specifications’ section updated and ‘Trims & Prices’ section added.
The Aiways U5 electric SUV has simultaneously entered four new European markets in 2022 – Iceland, Faroe Islands, Slovenia, and Croatia, expanding the brand’s footprint to 14 countries on the continent. It was previously available in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, and Portugal.
The U5 is Aiways’ only product currently under production. Following Europe, the Chinese automaker wants to enter the Middle East.
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Aiways U5 Specifications
The Aiways U5 is a pure-electric compact SUV comparable to the VW ID.4. It measures 4,680 mm in length, 1,865 mm in width, and 1,700 mm in height. It has a 2,800 mm wheelbase and a 150 mm ground clearance. Buyers can increase the 496 liters of luggage space to 1,619 liters by folding the rear seats.
Aiways says that the U5’s E-Drive system, which includes the electric motor, gearbox, and inverter, is mounted at the front, but technically it is possible to have a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive drivetrain layout.
For now, though, FWD is the standard drivetrain layout. The single motor generates 150 kW (204 PS/201 hp) and 310 Nm of torque. A 63 kWh battery pack is the energy source, and it allows a range of 400 km (WLTP) or 410 km (WLTP), depending on the trim. Fast-charging from 20-80% SoC using a 90 kW DC charger takes 35 minutes. Usually, charging it from 0-100% SoC using a 6.6 kW AC charger is a lengthy process of 10 hours.
As part of the MY2022 update, the Aiways will offer a MODE3 charging cable that provides easy access to 3-phase 11 kW charging across Europe. The company will deliver the 2022 U5 to customers ordering after 15 April 2022.
Trims & Prices
With the MY2022 update, Aiways has replaced the Standard trim with an ‘Xcite’ trim and the Premium trim with a ‘Prime’ trim. The Xcite delivers a range of 410 km (WLTP), while the Prime can travel up to 400 km (WLTP) on a single charge.
The 2022 Aiways U5 Xcite starts at EUR 33,325 in Europe (German price before taxes). It includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a slew of ADAS. The 2022 Aiways U5 Prime sports 19-inch alloys and features front parking sensors, remote-controlled and foot-activated tailgate, and Auto Parking Assist. It costs EUR 38,275 onwards. Customers now specify the exterior of the U5 SUV with a black roof as well, for an extra EUR 672.
Aiways says that it will launch one new model in Europe every year. This year’s launch will be the Aiways U6 SUV-coupe, for which the company is currently conducting a roadshow with a near-series concept called U6ion. The roadshow started in Belgium on 2 March 2022 and planned to move through Sweden, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
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