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The Alpha JAX has potential - if it becomes a real thing

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California-based startup automaker Alpha made waves a few months ago when it debuted the retro-styled Ace electric coupé. Now the company is back in the news with a new electric vehicle. It’s called the JAX, and it’s described as a “Junior All-terrain Crossover.” Technical details are still unavailable, but Alpha did release a walkaround video of the JAX looking like the Ace on stilts. You can even see the “Ace” badge on the rear section of the JAX. There is no timetable on when the JAX is going to be launched, but Alpha is already taking reservations for the model. Pricing for the JAX is pegged between $38,000 to $48,000.

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The Alpha JAX has a lot of potential. It looks the part of an all-terrain crossover with two arrays of spotlights, bumper guards in the front and rear, a proper roof rack, and flared arches that accommodate a set of chunky off-road tires.

The design similarities with the Ace are easy to spot, so it’s possible that Alpha is going to build the JAX on the design language of its coupe counterpart. The interior looks more upscale than the exterior, and the parts, according to Alpha, are “designed for replaceability.”

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On the performance side, Alpha mentions that the JAX can tow up to 1,850 pounds. That’s impressive for its size. It can also hit 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, though the kind of EV setup is still unclear.

A “Performance” version is also in the cards with dual motors that can help the AUV sprint from 0 to 60 seconds in 4.6 seconds.

A lot of what Alpha’s cooking smells nice, but let’s wait for the JAX to actually show up in physical form before we take a bite from Alpha’s pie.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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