SAIC’s Roewe Vision-E Previews Luxurious Chinese SUV For 2018

Not to be confused with Skoda’s Vision E Coupe Crossover Concept, this is the Roewe Vision-E Concept, revealed in the lead up to the Shanghai Auto Show.

Roewe, a brand created by SAIC Motor in 2006, isn’t a familiar name outside of China but its Vision-E Concept has a seriously impressive design that proves the Chinese can design and build vehicles that look just as good as those from the established European marques.

Local media says the Vision-E Concept will spawn a production model next year that it will have a very similar design. The most immediate thing that attracts attention to the SUV is its front fascia, dominated by a huge grille that seamlessly joins to a set of LED headlights that incorporate six amber-colored lights on each side. The grille is also illuminated by bright white lights while a set of symmetrical L-shaped daytime running lights are found near the base of the bumper.

While the huge wheels with illuminated spokes largely dominant the sides of the concept, SAIC has spent the time to expertly craft doors with integrated handles and have made way without traditional B-pillars. Like the Mazda RX-8, the front doors open normally while the rear ones are suicide doors, Rolls-Royce style.

The complex design is completed at the rear with LED taillights and lower brake lights that mimic the shape of the daytime running lights up front.

Inside is a two-spoke, square-shaped steering wheel that sits in front of a digital gauge cluster that includes a heads-up display. A large touch screen panel makes up most of the center console while the rest of the cabin is bathed in Nappa leather.

Although we know the Roewe Vision-E is driven by two electric motors (one driving the front axle and one powering the rear), no figures have been released of how much power or torque it delivers. Nonetheless, the concept will allegedly hit 100 km/h in around 4 seconds, drive at least 500 km (310 miles) and features a fast-charging system that in just 15 minutes fills the batteries to 80 per cent capacity.

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  • roy

    Wow… Stunning

  • WG

    front = honda
    side = audi
    rear = porsche?

    • donald seymour

      I thought the front was VW.

    • fabri99

      rear = Kia Niro

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Looks good.

  • Craig
  • Bash

    It does look like something else. lol

  • nik

    Clearllyyyy ripped off Luxgen!

  • Kevin Insan

    i love that the instrument placement has similar feel to peugeot’s i cockpit

  • klowik

    They will make it look exactly as that.

  • Jim Gillan

    What with this and the new MG concept, I think the 2017 Shanghai show is a turning point in Chinese car design.

    • Chris C

      Have SAIC MG got some new stylists? How much of this was done at Longbridge in the UK?

  • no25

    all i see in the front is a Honda Crosstour

  • Chris C

    Hey, they’ve even brought the Allegro Quartic steering wheel back… Now if only they could do a better Roewe logo to fit the old Rover shield space ….

  • Silimarina

    I’m pleasantly surprised to see a chinese car that is somewhat original and not a 90% copy-paste after a Porsche, Mercedes or Land Rover. I like the frameless doors.Hope they will put that in production.

  • Enter Ranting

    What happens when your cat lays on that charging pad while the car is charging?

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