Saleen Unveils New Crossover And Electric City Car In China

The Saleen brand was launched in China over the weekend with a little help from Jason Statham and pop star Chris Wu.

While that’s not too unusual, the nearly hour and a half long event saw the unveiling of a new electric vehicle and a crossover. However, the big news was the announcement that the S7 was going back into limited production.

Greg Kable tweeted the electric city car is called the Maimai and will feature a 107 hp (80 kW / 109 PS) electric motor. That isn’t much, but the model will reportedly have a range of up to 190 miles (305 km/h).

As you can see from our screen shots taken from the launch video, the Maimai isn’t much of a looker as it features slab sided styling and plastic body cladding. The coupe also appears to be a two-seater with a compact interior and a small trunk. The company also showed a sportier variant featuring a revised front fascia and a comically large rear spoiler.

Next up is the crossover which is reportedly called the MAC. It features a slender grille that is flanked by LED headlights. The model has also been equipped with a sporty front bumper, plastic body cladding and a rakish windscreen. Other highlights include a sloping roof and a dynamic greenhouse.

The crossover is slated to go into production next year and it will be powered by an internal combustion engine that develops 400 hp (298 kW / 406 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. Little else is known about the model, but it presumably has all-wheel drive.

Last but not least, the company announced a limited run of S7 Le Mans. They have a Ford-sourced 7.0-liter V8 engine that has been equipped with two turbochargers. This enables the model to produce 1500 hp (1119 kW / 1521 PS) and 1328 lb-ft (1800 Nm) of torque. In terms of performance, the car will reportedly accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.2 seconds and have a top speed of 298 mph (480 km/h).

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Jalopnik reached out to Saleen for more details and was told the S7 Le Mans have already been built. Despite being owned by China’s Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation, the new S7s were made in California.

H/T to Autoblog

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  • Tumbi Mtika

    “In terms of performance, the car will reportedly accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.2 seconds and have a top speed of 298 mph (480 km/h).”

    We’ll see…

    • Denzel

      Yeah the S7 did at least 200+ but 298 on the same body I don’t know should be interesting but doubt it

  • Arct1c

    The design of the red crossover is about ten years too late. That looks so dated already.

  • R55

    I’m so confused right now.

    The same people who made all those bonkers Mustangs, the S7 and that Raptor thing (name may be wrong), are now pumping out those dated uninspired looking electric city cars?

    • Mr. EP9

      That’s what happens when you get brought out by the Chinese. At least Geely had enough sense not to do this to Lotus and Volvo.

  • Mr. EP9

    So this is what Saleen has been reduced to? Poor bastards. They suffered a fate worse than bankruptcy. The only silver lining is the S7 LeMans which itself I’m very skeptical about.

  • JRP

    The SUV looks like a Haval and the BYD Tang DM had a baby.

  • eb110americana

    The MAC crossover reminds me of the 1997 Ford Windstar refresh–which itself did its best to adopt some slightly more aggressive Mustang cues. The headlights on the MAC also have a similar shape to the 2018 Mustang refresh.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Hey Man you’re saleen you cant produce car like this. Your potential buyers not 5 years old

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  • Dennis Scipio

    Those Electric City Cars look like oversized Toy Cars.

  • SteersUright

    Chinese have to know you can get better quality from just about any major manufacturer…I mean the S7 is ancient by now and that SUV is not even attractive.

  • StrangerGP

    Why are you consistently posting the range of EV’s in km/h instead of just km?

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  • Borja Melian

    Wow that’s sad.

  • wait a minute

    Chinese have an very different sense of design proportions for their cars. Inspired by Toys ‘r’ Us

  • Alduin

    Looks generic and has a Mustang front end?

  • Shobin Drogan

    Those are some horrifyingly bad looking cars

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