AIWAYS bringing electric SUV and Gumpert-developed supercar to Europe
Two models from Chinese electric-car startup AIWAYS will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March: an electric SUV and a methanol-electric supercar co-developed with engineer Roland Gumpert, the man behind the Gumpert Apollo.
AIWAYS Nathalie supercar
The supercar is dubbed the 'Nathalie' and uses methanol to generate electricity, in similar fashion to a hydrogen fuel-cell car like the Toyota Mirai. It'll have four separate electric motors and a pair of twin-speed gearboxes.
AIWAYS is claiming a power output of nearly 800bhp for the car, giving a 0-60mph time of under 2.5 seconds a top speed of more than 190mph. It should also be capable of travelling nearly 750 miles between refuelling.
Production of the Nathalie will be limited to 500 units, and although no exact price has been confirmed, it definitely won't be cheap.
AIWAYS U5 SUV
The AIWAYS U5 SUV, meanwhile, is being pitched as a more affordable alternative to the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X. It boasts a claimed range of around 285 miles and a power output of 185bhp. It'll also come with an 'artificially intelligent' battery back, which AIWAYS says will be capable of extending the car's range by over 60 miles.
AIWAYS is emphasising the U5's safety credentials; it achieved a five-star rating in Chinese crash tests and is intended to be one of the safest mid-size SUVs on the European market when it goes on sale.
It also comes with modern active safety systems such as traffic-jam assist, automatic parking, driver fatigue monitoring and lane-keeping assistance. Inside, there'll be a 'tri-fold' digital instrument housing and 12.3-inch infotainment screen.