The emerging electric vehicle automaker WM Motor has revealed the EX6 Plus to the public at the Beijing Auto Show.
The starting purchase price for WM Motor’s EX6 Plus 6-seater has also officially been announced. It will come in two variants, with the NEX edition starting at RMB ￥279,900, which is around £31,000, and the Pro edition starting at RMB ￥288,800, which is a little over £32,000.
The 2 x 2 x 2 seating layout in the EX6 Plus affectively increases passenger comfort on longer journeys, as the separated middle seats allow each occupant to have their own space, eliminating the discomfort that can come from hours of sitting shoulder-to-shoulder. The absence of a drive shaft running down the centre of the vehicle leaves the floor space completely flat, allowing passengers more convenient access to the rear seats.
The lines of the car remind us of couple of models that are very popular in Europe. The design in the front is similar to the Toyota RAV4 and the overall length and bulkiness of the car can be compared to the Volkswagen Tuareg.
During the public release of EX6 Plus 6-seater variant, the company also introduced WM Motor’s newest product development plan, IdeaL4:
- ‘I’ for Intelligent Cockpit: WM Motor is cooperating with Qualcomm to create a world-leading smart digital cockpit.
- ‘D’ for Digital Architecture: A powerful digital architecture will be deployed in WM Motor’s next generation of cars, which will improve the digital security of the vehicle.
- ‘E’IC: Continue to enhance and improve WM Motor’s self-developed, modular e-powertrain skateboard platform.
- ‘A’ for Autonomous Level 4 Driving Capabilities as the company’s powerful data support and specialized computing platform, combined with WM Motor’s contributions in L4 software development, will enable it to implement low-speed L4 autonomous-driving capabilities in its current models as early as next year.
Chinese WM Motor Technology Group Company Limited operates an Online-to-Offline distribution model consisting of a proprietary e-commerce platform and offline showrooms, supplemented by a franchised physical dealership network. WM Motor has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, equipped with mass customisation capability and a current capacity of 100,000 units per annum.
The EX6 Plus 400 is equipped with a 54kW/h battery, which provides a max power output of 160kW and an NEDC range of 408km, so we expect similar specs from the 6-seater model, although WM's website is promising 500km of range. However, it is still unknown when the vehicle will hit the market and if it will be ever produced outside of China.
At the presentation, the Maven concept sedan also made its first offline appearance. According to the company it will be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon's third-generation computer chip, providing CPU and GPU computing power 3 times higher than the industry average. It will also boast an NEDC range of 800 kilometres. The release of the first production model is targeted for the end of 2021.