Apart from the opening of order books for the GAC GS3 Emzoom SUV and the preview of the GAC Emkoo SUV, WTC Automotif (WTCA) additionally gave the GAC Aion Y Plus its official Malaysian preview in the present day. Not like the opposite two SUVs, this one is a full electrical car underneath GAC’s Aion sub-brand for EVs, which just like the mainstream GAC model, is additionally underneath the Tan Chong Group firm in Malaysia.
WTCA says that the Aion Y Plus will likely be launched within the first half of 2024, however there was no phrase on the Aion S Plus, the model’s flagship EV sedan that was lately caught testing in Malaysia.
“GAC Aion represents the way forward for electrical mobility, and WTCA is honoured to be entrusted as the only real and unique distributor in Malaysia. This collaboration underscores our dedication to offering the Malaysian market with revolutionary and eco-friendly mobility options,” mentioned Warisan TC Holdings CEO Tan Keng Meng.
The Aion Y Plus measures 4,535 mm lengthy and 1,870 mm extensive, which is 80 mm longer and 5 mm narrower than the BYD Atto 3. Its 2,750 mm wheelbase is 30 mm longer than the BYD’s, however the Aion has a distinct sort of look in comparison with the Atto 3’s common SUV design. They’re calling this an SUV, however do you see some MPV and Mitsubishi Xpander right here, or is it simply us?
Design highlights embody ‘Angel’s Wing’ headlights with seven horizontal gentle bars. The Aion Y Plus is being positioned as a youthful automobile, and there’s a variety of seven exterior colors. WTCA is exhibiting a right-hand-drive automobile sitting on 17-inch wheels and H/T SUV tyres.
Inside, the lengthy wheelbase, flat ground yields an area and fully-reclinable entrance seats can flip the cabin right into a makeshift 1.8m-wide double mattress. In regular mode, rear passengers have as much as 1,022 mm of legroom, mentioned to be the business’s most beneficiant.
Based on WTCA, the Aion Y Plus is powered by an in-house ‘Journal’ lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) battery with a capability of 63.2 kWh, which is sweet for a spread of 490 km within the NEDC, or 430 km within the extra real looking WLTP.
These supplied figures match the Commonplace Vary mannequin offered in Thailand, which has a single entrance motor with 204 hp and 225 Nm. There, there’s additionally a Lengthy Vary model with a 68.3 kWh LFP battery for 550 km within the NEDC. Fairly a small distinction between SR and LR, surprisingly.
What do you consider the GAC Aion Y Plus’ design and EV specs? It appears to be extra spacious and sensible in comparison with the sub-RM200k EV choices in Malaysia, which might set the Aion other than Chinese language rivals such because the BYD Atto 3, Ora Good Cat and the upcoming Chery Omoda E5.
By the way in which, in Thailand, the Aion Y Plus 490 Elite (Commonplace Vary) is priced at 1,069,900 baht, which is RM142,584 at in the present day’s charges. That’s across the similar value because the Atto 3 Commonplace Vary (1,099,900 baht), which is priced at RM150k in Malaysia. That’s the ballpark then.
GALLERY: GAC Aion Y Plus, Malaysia preview
GALLERY: GAC Aion Y Plus, Thailand spec
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