Pininfarina-designed Hybrid Kinetic Group H500 takes shape

Pininfarina-designed Hybrid Kinetic Group H500 takes shape

10th Apr 2018 6:00 pm

Hybrid's new model is set to sit below the H600 and use micro-turbine technology; the car may just be the electric rival to BMW 3-series GT.


After recently revealing the H600, Hybrid Kinetic Group will unveil another electric model, later this month. This car uses micro-turbine range-extender technology and is of Pininfarina design. Due at the Beijing motor show on 25 April, 2018, the H500 sedan is a smaller sibling to the H600. It shares its powertrain technology with that car, as well as Hybrid Kinetic's HK GT coupé and K550 and K750 SUVs.

The details for the H500 have yet to be revealed, though. However, the cars it shares its technology with offer up to 1,000km of range and use battery packs with 50,000-charge-cycle life spans.

A preview image shows that the H500 will have four doors and a rear roofline that extends further back than on regular sedans, giving it the sort of silhouette we've come to expect from models prioritising rear head room, such as the BMW 3-series Gran Turismo.

By opting for this bodyshape, the company has decided to mirror design trends in China, where demand for cars with generous rear room is higher than in most other countries. This is evident with the number of long-wheelbase versions of cars, such as the Jaguar XEL and XFL, on sale there.

An image of the H500's interior shows that it features a wrap-around dash screen with a digital instrument cluster in addition to the other screen in the lower centre console.

Pininfarina, the Italian design house, is soon to launch its own car company with an exotic electric hypercar which is being designed to rival the Bugatti Chiron. The brand has penned all of Hybrid Kinetic's models as part of a partnership worth £55 million (approximately Rs 504 crore).


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