• bold front fascia design with closed—off grille
  • organic looking LED headlamps
  • Traditional SUV profile and tall beltline
  • black pillars for floating roof effect
  • clean rear fascia design
  • full-width light bar in the back
  • relatively spacious interior
  • big infotainment display
  • digital instrument cluster
  • interior looks upscale overall

Chinese start-up brings all-electric SUV to Europe

The 2021 Aiways U5 is a Chinese-built, midsize SUV powered by an all-electric drivetrain. Originally unveiled in 2018 for the Chinese market, the 2021 U5 was presented during the virtual 2020 Geneva Motor Show for the European market.

Unlike regular vehicles, the 2021 U5 will be sold exclusively via a direct-to-customer process instead of being retailed or leased through traditional dealerships. The 2021 Aiways U5 features a 140-kW electric motor and a 63-kWh battery that provides more than 400 km for range on the WLTP cycle.

2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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The Chinese startup developed an impressive drivetrain for the U5.

The single electric motor generates 188 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, while the 63-kWh battery delivers enough energy for at least 400 km of range per single charge.

Charging takes only 27 minutes from 30 to 80 percent with a fast charger and less than eight hours from 20 percent to full with an AC charger.

2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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2021 AIWAYS U5
2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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bold front fascia design with closed—off grille
2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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organic looking LED headlamps
2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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Traditional SUV profile and tall beltline
2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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black pillars for floating roof effect
2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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clean rear fascia design
2021 AIWAYS U5 Exterior
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full-width light bar in the back
2021 AIWAYS U5 Interior
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relatively spacious interior
2021 AIWAYS U5 Interior
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big infotainment display
2021 AIWAYS U5 Interior
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digital instrument cluster
2021 AIWAYS U5 Interior
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interior looks upscale overall
Ciprian Florea
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