Another electric Chinese crossover has appeared in the world. The GAC is adding to its portfolio the Aion Y, a compact electric vehicle that will be available with three different electric motor options.
Guangzhou Automotive Group, better known as the GAC, has launched a new brand called Aion. That same year, the new division immediately unveiled its firstborn, the Aion S. The electric sedan was joined last year by the 4.6-meter Aion V SUV. GAC is now expanding its lineup with the smaller but equally interesting crossover Aion Y.
The Aion Y is a striking electric crossover, which measures 4.41 meters in length and is comparable to the Volvo XC40, although the wheelbase of this Chinese car is 2.75 meters and 5 cm longer. The buyer can choose from three different battery packs: the smallest has a capacity of 60 kWh and provides a range of 410 km at NEDC. Above is a 70 kWh battery that will provide 500 km. The top version has an 80 kWh battery. According to the GAC, the crossover in this version should be able to travel 600 km on a single charge. Aion Y with 60 kWh battery has a 136 hp electric motor
Inside, Aion Y is the brainchild of its time, which means it has a relatively minimal interior with a large multimedia screen and digital instruments. The central display is about 14.5 inches horizontally oriented. Aion Y has 5G connectivity, and according to its creators, it can operate semi-autonomously and can scan the faces of its passengers and then tweak certain settings.
The base version with a 60 kWh battery has a starting price in China of just 14,400 euros, according to the GAC press service. For the second and third options, you will have to pay 15 650 euros and 19 600 euros, respectively.
The GAC has no plans to sell its products in Europe yet. Chinese brands such as MG, Aiways and Seres already sell electric models in this part of the world, and more will soon be available. It also sells cars such as Hongqi, BYD and Xpeng. Whether the Aion Y will be offered at an affordable price, assuming it meets European safety requirements, a long-awaited addition to the European electric offer, remains to be seen.