SAIC unveils electric concept R Auto ES33April 1, 2021
The sleek four-door coupe SUV may be marketed under the MG brand in some countries.
One of China’s largest automakers, giant state-owned conglomerate SAIC, which owns MG, LDV and Roewe brands exclusively for the domestic market, is poised to launch a new premium electric vehicle sub-brand called R Auto. The company has revealed details and presented several images of the high-tech SAIC R Auto ES33 concept, an elegant four-door coupe-style SUV that may be marketed in select markets under the MG badge.
Based on a new dedicated electric platform called R-TECH – unlike the existing MG ZS EV and MG HS Plug-In Hybrid crossovers – this BMW X4-style SUV will be officially unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 19. It is one of many new SAIC models that will debut in Shanghai, including the MG5 Electric, MG Marvel R Electric and the MG Cyberster electric sports car. The latter will premiere online worldwide on March 31st and will likely use the same new R-TECH EV platform.
On sale, the production version of the R Auto ES33 is due to go on sale in 2022, but sales professionals understand that it is most likely that this SAIC electric car could appear at dealerships with the MG badge. The ES33 will combine next-generation design, electric technology and autonomous driving technology, SAIC said.
No performance data has been released, but R-TECH’s “high-energy intelligent chassis,” which was developed in a $ 4 billion investment, is said to herald “key partnerships with some of the world’s most advanced sensor and computing companies. “And will provide” a compelling look at the future for future products. “
The R-TECH architecture will include battery swappable capability, with SAIC claiming that the ES33 battery can be replaced in just two minutes, and the battery itself will be dual-charge and cloud-temperature controlled for ultra-high security. The computing power of the R Auto ES33 is provided by NVIDIA, whose DRIVE AGX Orin chip, specially designed to support high-level autonomous driving, has 17 billion transistors and can perform 200 trillion operations per second.
Thus, ES33 has powerful lidars that can detect objects up to 500 meters away, and 4D imaging radars can detect glass-sized objects up to 140 meters away. The ES33 has a total of 33 sensors on board, including laser radars, imaging radars and 22 cameras in and around the vehicle. Lidar sensors, created in collaboration with the American company Luminar, are built into the ES33 roof, and 5G-V2X mobile communications will provide full Level 5 autonomous driving functionality.
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