Okuyama, the design master behind the Ferrari Enzo, is Aiways’ chief design advisor and the person who led the design team for the U6ion. And as you might expect it is a muscular design, in the mould of the Tesla Model X but with a striking “shark’s fin” C-pillar, glass fastback roof and distinctive curved rear spoiler among its USPs. Aiways claims its sporty shape aims to attract younger buyers to the zero-emission SUV market while also being a notably aerodynamic design. The company claims a class-leading Cd is 0.27.
Aiways’ Alex Klose, executive vice president of overseas markets, says the U6ion concept represents a sportier and more characterful expression of the Aiways philosophy. “Options remain limited in the all-electric SUV market and we are aiming to meet the needs of youthful, environmentally-conscious buyers with a vehicle that suits their lifestyle.”
Intelligent tech and lightweight design are themes inside – along with square steering wheel. A floating display behind the wheel contains essential information while a freestanding 14.6-inch touchscreen mounted centrally in the dashboard controls vehicle settings and multi-media system. A “little robot” on the dash provides the human/machine interface using advanced voice recognition.