While America has just received the Ford F-150 Lightning and is waiting for the Chevrolet Silverado Electric, a Maxus T90EV electric pickup truck has been confirmed in the UK. It’s the pure electric variant of the Maxus T90 pickup, and here’s everything we know so far on the product.
The Maxus T90EV electric pickup truck is the road-going version of the MAXUS NEW EV electric pickup truck concept from the 2020 Guangzhou Auto Show.
The production version of the Maxus New EV concept has a less dramatic design, but it’s also typically Chinese. The front end has bigger headlamps, redesigned grille, bumpers, and tail lamps. The concept’s large brand lettering in chrome at the back and the roof box haven’t made it to production. A small EV badge, with the letter ‘E’ painted metallic blue, denotes the powertrain. The electric version has the same design as the ICE variant. This is in the interest of cost of ease of manufacturing with changes only to the styling and badges.
Design & Features
The Maxus T90EV electric pickup truck features a noticeably aggressive front, typical of Chinese utility vehicles. A gigantic grille covering almost the entire face, weirdly designed split headlights, a large brand logo, and loads of reflective applications form the key design elements of the exterior.
From the sides, the new Maxus electric pickup truck looks traditional thanks to conventional proportions. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard on the electric truck. A high ground clearance makes it look sporty, and that, paired with the rugged squarish fenders, the outside rope hooks, and the chunky sport bar, gives it the adventure-readiness.
At the rear, the design is mostly traditional. A gigantic brand logo on the tailgate ensures unmissable road presence wherever the vehicle goes.
The new generation Maxus T90 features an upscale cabin with a modern design and layout. The dashboard isn’t as large as traditional pickup trucks, nor is the floor console, which means more space for occupants and storage. A 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system are in a single seamless panel, giving a minimalist touch. In the UK, the list of convenience features will include rain-sensing wipers and a reversing camera.
The Maxus T90EV’s interior (seen in the video below) is comparatively simpler and lacks several premium features. The dashboard carries a traditional design and lacks the dual-cockpit setup for the instrument cluster and central display. The centre console is also not as attractive, which applies to even the buttons and AC vents.
Video Source: YouTube/Planetauto
Maxus T90 Electric specs
The Maxus T90EV is available in the UK with a standard 201 horsepower motor that drives the rear wheels. An 88.55 kWh battery pack is standard, and it does a range (WLTP City) of 320 km (198 miles).
|Maxus Electric Pickup Truck aspect||Specifications|
|Length||5,365 mm (211.2 in.)|
|Width||1,900 mm (74.8 in.)|
|Height||1,809 mm (71.2 in.)|
|Wheelbase||3,155 mm (124.2 in.)|
|Bed Length||1,485 mm (58.5 in.)|
|Bed Width||1,510 mm (59.4 in.)|
|Bed Height||530 mm (20.9 in.)|
|Payload Capacity||740 kg (1,631 lbs.)|
|Motor Type||Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM)|
|Motor Power||150 kW (201 hp)|
|Battery Pack Capacity||88.55 kWh|
|Range (WLTP City)||320 km (198 miles)|
The Maxus T90EV will turn available to order in the UK in August 2022, and customer deliveries will start in Q1 2023 (January-March 2023). Prices have not been announced, but prospective buyers can register their interest online. In China, the electric pickup truck retails at CNY 299,800, which converts to GBP 35,673 or USD 44,994. It is currently not available outside the Chinese market.
SAIC plans to launch dozens of new energy vehicles, including BEVs and expects new energy vehicles to start accounting for more than 30% of sales by 2025.
Featured Image Source: SAIC Maxus UK