New Aiways U6 arrives in Europe to tackle the Volkswagen ID 5

The swooping new Aiways U6 coupe-SUV is the second European-bound machine from the Chinese language electrical automobile model – and one among Britain’s prime motorsport outfits has helped to hone the dealing with.

The brand new machine is actually a reworked sloping roofed model of the Aiways U5 SUV that we drove earlier this yr, and which is already on sale in a number of European markets. So whereas the U5 is designed to rival the Volkswagen ID 4, that is designed to tackle the swoopy Volkswagen ID 5.

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Aiways is presently energetic in 14 European international locations in addition to its house market of China, but it surely hasn’t reached the UK but as a result of it’s specializing in attaining scale in left-hand drive markets – however the agency says the UK is firmly in its plans for the near-future.

The Aiways U6 is constructed on the Shanghai agency’s Extra Adaptable Construction (MAS) platform, and has a concentrate on providing a mix of area, luxurious and superior inside tech.

First drive: Aiways U5 SUV

As with the U5, the brand new U6 has a 63kWh battery, however the energy output of the only motor has been lifted to 160kW, 10kW greater than its wise SUV sibling. Each machines are restricted to 99mph, however the U5 will get there sooner with its 6.9 second 0-62mph time of 6.9secs being 0.9secs faster than the U6. 

Each machines share an official vary of 249 miles, and the U6 may be charged at speeds of as much as 90kW, permitting a 20-80 per cent cost in a claimed 35 minutes. Aiways notes that the MAS platform does permit for bigger batteries and to completely different powertrain configurations, together with extra highly effective twin motor variations, in future.

The suspension of the U6 makes use of MacPherson struts on the entrance and a multi-link set-up on the rear, and has been tuned by engineering specialist Prodrive, which might be greatest identified for its motorsport division that ran the Subaru World Rally Workforce. Now, that doesn’t imply the U6 goes to deal with like Colin McRae’s Impreza, but it surely’s actually a partnership that bodes nicely for the automotive’s dynamic properties.

At 4800mm lengthy with a wheelbase of 2800m, the U6 is barely longer than the U5 SUV however with a barely shorter wheelbase. It’s an in depth match fo the Volkswagen ID 5, and the outside design has been honed for aerodynamic effectivity and to make the machine look as sporty.

Aiways says that the automotive’s design was impressed by a ‘streamlined shark nostril’, with the C-pillar design additionally impressed by a shark’s fin. There are different watery design notes, too: the entrance lights sit above vertical air intakes, in a set-up Aiways says is impressed by a waterfall.

Inside, the U6 has a newly styled dashboard that could be a departure from the U5, and it options’s the agency’s ‘AI Cabin’, together with an 8.2in digital instrument show and a 14.6in infotainment system (which can help Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from subsequent yr onwards).

There’s additionally LED ambient lighting that may be set to 360 completely different ‘moods’, and a ‘gearshift’ controller within the centre console that’s apparently impressed by the gear-lever of a luxurious yacht. Aiways says that the seats are ‘higher-quality’ than within the household oriented U5 SUV, taking inspiration from Chinese language luxurious SUVs and the area shuttle. You actually can’t say that the agency’s designers didn’t forged their inspirational nets broad.

The U6 affords 11 driver help programs, and Degree Two semi-autonomous driving capabilities. It’s anticipated to price round €39,000 (£34,000) when it goes on sale in Europe.

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