Aiways U6 electric SUV EU launch postponed to early 2022 [Update]

The Aiways U6 electric SUV is facing delays, and instead of late 2021, it will go on sale in Europe in 2022. In China, it has just completed validation, which means that the launch could be held the coming months.

In June, it emerged that Aiways had started manufacturing pre-production units of the U6 SUV coupe at its factory in Shangrao (located in the northeast Jiangxi province), China. The company says that the series-production units will retain many of the show car’s features, such as the rear light matrix and the panoramic dome roof. Pre-orders are open in China already, and in Europe, they begin later this year.

Aiways will use the U6’s pre-production prototypes to optimize and debug production equipment and perform a series of tests to perfect sub-system functions, optimize calibrations, and verify performance. Aiways held a Graphic Design Content with the theme “U6 in Your Mind,” and the winning entry, called “Aiways Man,” was used on the pre-production prototype.

Design

The Aiways U6 cross-coupe electric vehicle had its debut at the Auto Shanghai in April this year, and the company has confirmed the start of sales in Europe and China from later this year. The Aiways U5 electric SUV hit several key Euro auto markets in 2020, including France, Germany, and the Netherlands, launching the brand in this part of the world. This year the European campaign will build momentum with the expected entry into Norway, Switzerland, and Sweden, where Aiways would sell both crossovers.

The Aiways U6 electric is inspired by the concept U6 ion, which had a virtual debut in March last year. The electric car was designed with guidance from Ken Okuyama, responsible for the designs of the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte.

The U6 will be the second product for Aiways, which is a Shanghai-based electric-car maker founded in 2017. According to a Reuters report, it has received investments from ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and battery maker CATL, though the quantum of these investments is not public knowledge.

Aiways, which already has the U5, has planned the U6 on the same MAS (More Adaptable Structure) platform. Similar to the U5, Aiways may plan on a lease-only model for the U6. As of mid-2020, the U5 was advertised to cost less than 400 EUR/month, making it the equivalent of a 35,000 EUR electric SUV.

Specifications

Aiways U6 interior
The U6 is based on the same platform as the U5 SUV, which is available for lease in European markets. Image: Aiways

According to a report from hz.auto.sina.com.cn, the Aiways U6 will sport an in-house developed ‘AP4000’ electric motor that produces 160 kW (214 bhp) of power and 315 Nm (232 Lb.-Ft.) of torque. It will be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under seven seconds. There’s no word on the battery pack’s energy content, but the range, as per this report, will be 650 km (404 miles), assumed to be in the NEDC metric.

More details on the Aiways U6 should surface in the coming weeks.

Aiways U6 FAQs

What is the release date of the Aiways U6?

The Aiways U6 is announced to go on sale in China from later this year, and in Europe from 2022.

What will be the price of the Aiways U6?

Similar to the U5, the Aiways U6 should be available for leasing only, at around 400 EUR/month.

What are the rivals to the Aiways U6?

The Aiways U6 will challenge the VW ID.5 and the Skoda Enyaq Coupe in price.

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