Pininfarina unveils new H500 electric saloon at 2018 Beijing Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on April 30, 2018

Following the unveiling of the HK GT Gran Turismo at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina is showing off another all-electric car concept. Dubbed as the H500 saloon, this new electric study is being presented at Auto China 2018, also known as the 2018 Beijing Motor Show.

The new H500 saloon is actually one of the two new electric concepts born from the collaboration between Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group, a Hong Kong-based high-tech brand. The other is the new K350 four-seat sports utility vehicle.

HK GT Gran Turismo, H500 electric saloon and K350 SUV are the newest products of the companies’ joint effort to develop clean energy vehicles. All three are being shown at the Beijing Motor Show. The new H500 electric saloon was designed to suit customers with a dynamic lifestyle. It exudes both elegance and sportiness, while boasting sophisticated elements and pure forms.

Up front, the new H500 electric saloon a front grille has become a signature detail for HK vehicles. The front end of the electric saloon also features two side air intakes that help convey its positioning as a sporty and youthful offering. Its body features ribbing traversing the electric saloon, helping define its full, sober volumes while providing a sense of tension.

Inside, the new H500 electric saloon could comfortably accommodate up to four occupants, through its four individual seating units that seem like four protective cocoons. Interestingly, both the front and rear passengers are provided with adjustable touch screens. There is also a touchscreen -- sliding on the door panels – that allows occupants to share multimedia.

As for propulsion, the H500 electric saloon – just like the HK GT Gran Turismo and the K350 4-seater SUV – come fitted with electric motors with a power rating reaching more than 300 kW. This is supported by a groundbreaking traction system, battery, control unit as well as a range extender that allows the H500 electric saloon to travel more than 1,000 km. The new H500 electric saloon could spring from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of around 250 km/h.

On the other hand, the K350 is an electric compact SUV with a refined and elegant design as well as a strong and sturdy character. The HK GT, meanwhile, features a gullwing door.

The HK GT Gran Turismo, H500 electric saloon and K350 4-seater SUV join other creations by Pininfarina and HK – like the H600 luxury saloon unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show 2017 as well as the K550 5-seater and K750 7-seater SUVs shown at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show.

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At Auto China 2018 a full range of electric vehicles developed by Pininfarina Three electric concept cars presented with partner Hybrid Kinetic Group: the H500 saloon, the K350 SUV and the GT Gran Turismo

Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group add new members to the family of electric cars born out of their collaboration at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing, confirming their joint effort to develop clean energy vehicles while at the same time continuing to refine the identity of Hong Kong's high-tech brand. World premiere for two new models, the H500 saloon and the 4-seater K350 SUV, on display alongside the HK GT gran turismo, which was presented a few weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show.

The three cars, which share a clear, straightforward design language in perfect Pininfarina style, are all equipped with the cutting-edge technology developed by HK for the traction system, with battery, electric motors with a power rating of over 300 kW, control unit and a range extender that enables a range of over 1000 km to be achieved. The three models are capable of reaching a top speed of 250 kph and acceleration from 0 to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds (the saloon) and 4.7 seconds (the SUV). It is exactly this advanced technology, together with better ergonomics and sophisticated materials, that embody the philosophy of the Hybrid Kinetic Group.

The first of the two new Pininfarina products for Beijing is the H500 electric saloon that combines elegance and sportiness, pure forms and sophisticated details, designed for a dynamic lifestyle. The body is characterised by inclined ribbing that traverses the vehicle, giving tension and lightness and defining full, sober volumes. The front grille, now a signature HK feature, has even more character, while the two side air intakes emphasise the sporty, youthful positioning. The interior, featuring four single units like four comfortably protective cocoons, is a multimedia experience, with adjustable touch screens for both front and rear passengers, as well as a touchscreen that slides on the door panels making it easier to share entertainment.

The K350, on the other hand, is the most compact SUV in the range. Its proportions are perfect, its volumes lie well on the wheels and its “body” is sturdily athletic. With the K350, the evolution of the codes and DNA created by Pininfarina for HK points the product in the direction of a wider, certainly young demographic, and an all-round use of the vehicle due to a design in which refinement and elegance coexist naturally with strength and sturdiness. The extremely refined seats become the fulcrum of the interior, bringing the passengers into contact both emotionally and architecturally and creating a light structure that shapes the space around it.

Finally, the HK GT, fresh from the critical acclaim it recorded at the Geneva Motor Show, is an elegant, refined and comfortable special car that skilfully combines pure design with environmentally friendly technology. And with a strong personality, characterised by the gullwing door opening that makes it unique and outstanding in the GT panorama.

The collaboration between Pininfarina and HK has already resulted in the H600 luxury saloon presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 and the K550 5-seater and K750 7-seater SUVs presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2017.

“Hybrid Kinetic Group is a sound, crucial partner for Pininfarina”, explains CEO Silvio Pietro Angori. “We are creating a new range of electric vehicles together and preparing the way for their commercial debut with the presentation of the first Hybrid Kinetic produced car for the international market. The three models presented in Beijing are just another step forward in a long-term and fruitful relationship”.

Pininfarina was the first Italian design house to provide styling and engineering services to Chinese car manufacturers from 1996 onwards. Since then, Pininfarina has expanded its range of activities by developing partnerships with manufacturers such as AviChina (Hafei), Chery, Changfeng, Brilliance, BAIC, JAC and others, for which highly commercially successful vehicles have been designed, such as the DX7, the first outcome of collaboration between Pininfarina and South East Motor-SEM, which was followed in 2016 by the DX3 concept, a compact SUV that anticipates the next production car, also developed by Pininfarina in Italy.

In 2010 Pininfarina Automotive Engineering Shanghai (PAES) was set up with the aim of locating a design development satellite in Shanghai, the strategic Automotive site for the Asian area. Today PAES is a consolidated outpost of commercial development and design creation that can count on a multicultural team of about 30 people that give the Chinese headquarters of Pininfarina a strong international character and a global vision in the daily challenge of an increasingly demanding market.

Source: Pininfarina

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