ICE variant of upcoming Maxus electric pickup truck spied

SAIC has started testing the production version of the diesel Maxus New pickup truck, spy shots posted on have revealed. The company will likely launch the production version of the electric version following the ICE models.

The ICE and BEV variants of the upcoming Maxus pickup truck should carry the same exterior and interior design in the interest of cost of ease of manufacturing with changes only to the styling. Spy shots suggest narrower LED DRLs for improved illumination on the production models, but major changes are not expected from the show car.

SAIC had unveiled the Maxus NEW EV electric pickup truck concept at the 2020 Guangzhou Auto Show last month that will likely lead to a yet-to-be-announced Maxus T60 electric pickup truck.

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The Maxus NEW EV electric pickup truck concept is the BEV version of the ‘Maxus NEW pickup truck’ concept, which SAIC unveiled at the 2020 Chengdu Auto Show in September. The first concept previewed the new generation Maxus T60, and by that, the subsequent concept foreshadows a Maxus T60 electric. External changes between the ICE and BEV concepts is that the former had a red accent on its wheels, while the latter features blue.

The Maxus NEW EV electric pickup features a noticeably aggressive front end that could be a bit too much for European customers but is typical of Chinese SUVs and pickup trucks. A gigantic grille that covers almost the entire face, ultra-thin headlights, a large brand logo and loads of shiny applications would need toning down when it heads to the Old Continent.

From the sides, the Maxus NEW EV electric pickup truck looks traditional thanks to conventional proportions. A high ground clearance makes it sporty, and that paired with the rugged squarish fenders and the chunky sport bars, gives it the adventure readiness that lifestyle pickup owners expect.

At the rear, the Maxus NEW EV electric pickup truck concept flaunts snazzy lights covering almost the entire tailgate. The rear combination lamps are enclosed by C-shaped end-to-end light guides that virtually box in a gigantic brand logo in the center on a gloss-black panel. Up top, there’s a compact roof box that’s more of a show-off accessory than a really practical additional storage space. Clearly, this model is built for unmissable road presence wherever it goes.

The possible Maxus T60 electric pickup truck concept features an upscale cabin with a modern design and layout. The dashboard isn’t as large as that of traditional pickup trucks, nor is the floor console, and this means more space for occupants and storage. There’s no conventional vertically positioned center console either.

A large fully digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system have been clubbed into a seamless single panel, which gives a minimalist touch to the interior. Look closely and you’ll spot an electronic gearshift lever as well. 5G, Level 4 autonomous driving and many other new-age technologies are also present in the pickup truck.

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SAIC hasn’t revealed the specifications of the Maxus NEW electric pickup truck concept. The ICE concept from the 2020 Chengdu Auto Show was powered by a twin-turbo diesel engine that developed a maximum torque of 510 Nm.

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. The company has confirmed that it will launch Maxus Euniq EVs in European markets next year.