The Chinese showed a cross-coupe with a steering wheel instead of the steering wheel and the “afterburner” handle

The Chinese showed a cross-coupe with a steering wheel instead of the steering wheel and the “afterburner” handle

March 10, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The Chinese company Aiways held the presentation of the electric conceptual cross-coupe U6. The all-terrain vehicle was distinguished by extraordinary details in the cabin: the steering wheel is styled as a helm, instead of the usual selector of movement modes, there is a handle that resembles an engine control lever on an airplane.

The functionality of the elongated “rectangular” multifunction steering wheel is minimal: on the knitting needles there are only two double keys, under the helm you can see the shift paddles. The effective handle of the choice of driving modes is a decorative element. The operation of electric motors is governed by the rotation of the handle, so it will not be possible to move the lever to the “afterburner” position, as on an airplane.

Door handles were originally made: “racing” hinges perform their role. Umbrellas are built into the door card niches, and an additional transparent box is attached to the glove compartment. The rest of the interior is traditional: in the center is a huge 14.6-inch touchscreen, virtual devices are displayed on a 7-inch display.

The body of the electric car was designed with the aim of maximum streamlining: designers and engineers managed to achieve the “best in the segment” aerodynamic drag coefficient Cx = 0.27. Practicality is in question: the body kit of an electric car is more like a touring car than a crossover.

Technically, the conceptual Aiways U6 repeats the production U5: both electric vehicles are based on the MAS platform with McPherson-type front suspension and rear multi-link.

Officially, the characteristics were not disclosed, but one can assume front-wheel drive, a 190-horsepower (315 Nm) electric motor, a traction battery with a capacity of 53, 63 or 83 kilowatt hours and a power reserve of 400 to 620 kilometers on the WLTP cycle.