Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group reveal K350 electric SUV at Auto China 2018

Article by Christian A., on April 29, 2018

Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group are not stopping their product concept onslaught as the partners took advantage of the current auto show in Beijing, China to unveil to the global public their latest creations, including the K350 electric 4-seater SUV.

The new K350 electric 4-seater SUV is one of the three concepts being displayed by Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group. The other two concepts are the H500 electric saloon and the GT Gran Turismo. The GT Gran Turismo actually made its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, while the H500 is making its first public appearance alongside the K350 at the Auto China 2018 (2018 Beijing Motor Show).

These three new models – K350 4-seater SUV, H500 saloon and the HK GT -- share a number of elements, including their electric powertrain that features a range extender. All featuring Pininfarina styling, these three new HK electric vehicles are influenced by the same clear, straightforward design language. They are laden with advanced technology, and boast of better ergonomics as well as sophisticated materials.

All these new models are fitted with HK’s groundbreaking technologies, including but are not limited to its traction system, battery and control unit. Powered by electric motors that are engineered to deliver more 300 kW of max power output, the K350 4-seater SUV, H500 saloon and the HK GT are able to go as fast as 250 km/h. In terms of acceleration from nil to 100 km/h, the K350 4-seater SUV could complete the sprint in just 4.7 seconds. The H500 saloon – as expected – is quicker than the K350 4-seater SUV as it could dash from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group consider the K350 as the most compact SUV in the range. The new K350 4-seater SUV joins other existing eco-friendly utilities in Hybrid Kinetic range – the K550 5-seater and K750 7-seater SUVs that were unveiled at the 2017 edition of the Shanghai Motor Show.

Featuring perfect proportions, sturdy body and volumes concentrated on the wheels, the K350 marks an evolution of the design DNA and codes developed by Pininfarina for Hybrid Kinetic Group. As designed, the K350 4-seater SUV is a vehicle that blends refinement and elegance with strength and sturdiness.

The presentation of the K350 SUV, H500 saloon and the GT Gran Turismo at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show is confirmation of the joint effort between Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop green vehicles while further refining the identity of the high-tech brand based in Hong Kong. According to Pininfarina chief executive Silvio Pietro Angori, the three models seen in Beijing represent another step forward in a long-term and fruitful relationship between the Italian auto design firm and Hybrid Kinetic Group.

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At Auto China 2018 a full range of electric vehicles developed by Pininfarina

Pininfarinaand Hybrid Kinetic Groupadd new members to the family of electric cars born out of their collaboration at the Auto China2018 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 GTgran 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 characterized 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 emphasize 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, characterized 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 H600luxury saloon presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 and the K550 5-seater and K750 7-seater SUV 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.

Source: Pininfarina

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