20 Feb 19

13 days to Geneva: An electric Chinese SUV called Aiways U5

Believe it or not, this Aiways U5, a midsized all-electric SUV made in China, will be on sale later this year in Europe after making its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Its maker says the car has a range of 460 km or even 560 km if you opt for the additional battery packs. The U5 is already in production at Aiway's factory in Shangrao. It sits on a modular platform made out of aluminium and high-strengh steel.

Electric and connected

Next to electrification, connected infotainment is at the heart of this intriguiging newcomer, which is the size of a Jaguar I-Pace. Prices have not been disclosed yet, but it will be considerably cheaper than its British rival - if you can call it that.

If Aiways succeeds in getting the U5 to market this year, it will outpace Volvo's Chinese sister brand Lynk&Co, which should have made its debut on the Old Continent in 2019 but is more likely to hit European roads in 2020.

Aiways was founded in 2016 by former SAIC Group CFO Gu Feng.  Roland Gumpert, former head of Audi Sport, is chief responsible for the product. 

Authored by: Dieter Quartier