GAC Aims To Battle Tesla With Its New Aion S Electric Vehicle

GAC Motors has announced its intention to beat Tesla by unveiling the new Aion S at the Guangzhou Motor Show.

Set to be launched in China next year, the Aion S is an electric sedan that has been designed to provide customers with Tesla-like performance at a “reasonable price.”

GAC was tight-lipped about specifics, but the model features an aerodynamic exterior with a drag coefficient of 0.245. The company says this is roughly the same as the Tesla Model 3.

Besides being extremely aerodynamic, the Aion S features a fairly conventional front fascia with a slender grille that is flanked by LED headlights. Further below, we can see large air intakes which appear to be just for show.

Moving further back, the Aion S has stylish wheels and an available solar roof. The model also has LED taillights and black accents that cut through the C-pillars.

While GAC didn’t mention performance specifications, the company confirmed the car will have a range in excess of 310 miles (500 km). The model will also have a “body stability system” from Bosch and Level 2 semi-autonomous driving technology. Speaking of the latter, the Aion S will have automatic parking assistance, cruise assistance and traffic congestion assistance.

While some may doubt GAC’s ability to tackle Tesla, the company defended their ambitions by saying they have spent the last decade mastering “five core technologies” including batteries, motors, control units, systems integration and electro-mechanical coupling systems. The company also noted, “In the past, people also used to laugh at Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, but they aren’t laughing anymore.”

It remains to be seen if the company will achieve its goal, but GAC has previously said it intends to begin U.S. sales next year.

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  • Mr. EP9

    I’m glad it doesn’t have the typical EV appearance but fake air intakes aren’t attractive. We’ll see if they actually deliver the range it says it does.

  • TheBelltower

    This is an unappealing mashup of an Avalon and a Maxima.

    • Bo Hanan

      My thought too, if both cars were somehow related by blood.

  • klowik

    I think it looks quite original..anyone can think of a mix of some brands but even the major brands nowadays do look like a mix of other brands.


  • Paul Govan

    First image with matt grey-blue gun-metal paint-job looks far more impressive than the second image in white – they look like different cars! Front lower section(chin/jaw-line) in white version looks a bit of a black hole – needs filling out and firming up.
    So maybe don’t buy the white version if you don’t like the chin-less black hole look.
    Paul G

  • MarketAndChurch

    Maybe it’s more of a Prius competitor. Tesla is cool because it’s an EV with good performance, but most important, it looks great, and this doesn’t look amazing.

  • Miknik

    If a Toyota and a Honda had a lovechild, it would look like this;

    • Belthronding

      2 japans are having lovechild and outcome is chinese, NO WAY.

  • Tinky-Winky

    You can’t go after Tesla with a car that looks like Toyota Corolla.

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