Aiways has 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.
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.
Given the platform sharing, the Aiways U6 is likely to get the powertrain of the U5 as well. This is a 204 hp/310 Nm electric motor that gets its juice from a sandwich structure battery pack with 24 modules, combined for 63 kWh output. This gives the U5 electric SUV a 400 km range on the WLTP cycle, which could improve on the U6 thanks to its streamlined shape. With DC fast charging, Aiways says customers can top up the U5’s battery from 20 to 80 percent in just 35 minutes. 0-100 km/h takes 7.5 seconds on the electric SUV, which is a figure which should also improve on the U6 as the better aerodynamics will increase acceleration.
More details on the Aiways U6 is expected 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 Europe and China from later this year.
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.
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