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Chinese GAC WitStar PHEV Shows its Face Before Detroit Debut

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/8/2015 Jason Udy
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Along with the GAC Motor GS4 SUV coming to the 2015 Detroit auto show, the Chinese automaker also mentioned it was bringing a pair of plug-in electric hybrids. Now, Guangzhou has revealed some details of the GAC Motor WitStar PHEV SUV.

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Guangzhou calls the GAC Motor WitStar PHEV SUV an unmanned concept car due to its host of autonomous driving technology. Based on the automaker’s B-class passenger vehicle platform, the WitStar is powered by a gasoline engine and electric motor, though no specific details about the engine, transmission, electric motor, or batteries were revealed. The automaker, however, said the PHEV SUV has an all-electric range of more than 62 miles and an overall range of more than 370 miles and can achieve up to 117 mpg (2 liters of fuel to drive 100 km on the NEDC cycle).

Acceleration from 0-31 mph (0-50 km/h) is said to be “within 4.5 seconds,” while top speed is about 99 mph (160 km/h). Guangzhou boasts that the WitStar is also able to climb grades steeper than 32 percent.

Chinese GAC WitStar PHEV Shows its Face Before Detroit Debut

Guangzhou says the WitStar is loaded with autonomous driving tech based around laser radar, millimeter wave radar, a high-speed CCD camera, infrared camera, and GPS. Information from the sensors, cameras, and GPS system are used to develop a real-time 3D map around the vehicle and control vehicle functions such as acceleration, steering, and braking.

Styling of the GAC Motor WitStar seems to be a mishmash of several vehicles. Some staffers saw the Nissan Cube or Kia Soul in the front grille and headlights, while others saw a Mitsubishi Outlander front end with cues from the Range Rover. As for the concept's large, upright front bumper with vertical side intakes, we can safely say we've never seen anything quite like it. Another prominent feature is the set of double-wide gull-wing doors, which combine with the front end to make the WitStar look some kind of winged beast.

GAC Motor also shared an image of the previously mentioned GA6 GT PHEV sedan concept, though the automaker didn’t provide any details about the vehicle. GAC Motor will publicly debut all three of its show cars at its Detroit auto show press conference on Monday, January 12.

Source: GAC Motor

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