Aion S

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Aion S
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Aion S
Overview
ManufacturerAion (GAC New Energy division)
Also calledGAC New Energy Aion S
GAC New Energy A26 EV (development codename)
GAC Toyota/Leahead iA5
GAC Honda/Everus EA6
Production2019–present
AssemblyGuangzhou, China
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact executive car (C)
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutFront-motor, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Electric motor135 kW (181 hp) Permanent-magnet synchronous motor
TransmissionSingle speed
Battery58.8 kWh CATL lithium ion
Electric range510 km (317 mi)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length4,768 mm (187.7 in)
Width1,880 mm (74.0 in)
Height1,530 mm (60.2 in)

The Aion S is a compact electric sedan produced by Aion, a marque of GAC Group. It was revealed at Auto Guangzhou of 2018. A new variant, the Aion S Plus, was shown in 2021.

Overview[edit]

The Aion S was unveiled at Auto Guangzhou in November 2018. It went on pre-sale in March 2019 and officially on sale in May 2019. It was New Energy's first car under the Aion brand.[1]

The first models to launch are the higher trim levels, featuring a 184 hp (137 kW; 187 PS) and 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) electric motor and a NEDC range of 510 km (317 mi).[2]

There are 7 trim levels available as of July 2020, with the Mei 580 and Xuan 580 being the lowest trim level available and features a different and cheaper exterior design. The Mei 580 and Xuan 580 trim models were launched in July 2020 with a NEDC range of 460 km (286 mi) and 136 hp (101 kW; 138 PS).[2]

Specifications[edit]

Battery specifications[edit]

The Aion S has a 58.8 kWh battery (in comparison, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range has a 75 kWh battery). This allows for 317 miles (510 kilometers) of range according to the NEDC methodology used in China. The car uses a 170Wh/kg CATL lithium-ion battery, and the power output is 180 hp (130 kW; 180 PS).[3]

Features[edit]

Voice integration in the car allows you to control the air conditioning, navigational system, and electronic windows. Alongside the other features is a 12.3 inch infotainment screen.[4]

To power the interior, the car has clear solar panels on the sunroof.

Exterior design[edit]

Being the first car by Aion, the Aion S is also the first car to adopt Aion's design language that differentiates the S, LX, and V from Trumpchi vehicles.

The front-end on the exterior of the car features LED headlights, and a silver bar starting under a headlight and stretching to the other. In the middle of the bar is GAC New Energy's 'G' emblem on the blue background, similar to that of Toyota's, and their Lexus marque, logo highlighted in blue.

The rear-end features a taillight bar that goes over the 'G' logo on the trunk connecting the two taillights that are not on the trunk. The rear also uses retroreflectors on the rear bumper as an alternative to a taillight.

Sales[edit]

The Aion S has a starting price of 160,000 Chinese yuan or 23,758 US dollars or 18,034 British pounds.

Calendar year Sales[5] Notes
2019 32,126
2020 25,967* Sales drop in early 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic
*Data as of August 2020

Aion S Plus[edit]

Aion S Plus
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Overview
ManufacturerAion (GAC New Energy division)
Production2021–present
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutFront-motor, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Electric motor
  • Permanent-magnet synchronous motors:
  • 100 kW (134 hp)
  • 150 kW (201 hp)
  • 165 kW (221 hp)
TransmissionSingle speed
Battery
Dimensions
Wheelbase2750 mm
Length4,810 mm (189.4 in)
Width1,880 mm (74.0 in)
Height1,515 mm (59.6 in)

In 2021, the Aion S Plus was introduced, featuring different styling than the Aion S, slightly different exterior dimensions, and a choice of three battery sizes, the largest of which is 69.9 kWh.[6][7] Previewed by the Aion ENO.146 concept car, the Aion S Plus is a very aerodynamic vehicle, with a drag coefficient of only 0.211Cd. As for the powertrain, the Aion S Plus is powered by a single electric motor with 204 hp (152 kW; 207 PS) and 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft). The motor is powered by a 62 kWh battery, good for a NEDC range of 510 km (317 mi).[8]


Leahead iA5[edit]

The Leahead iA5 is an Aion S with different front and rear ends and a slightly changed interior and will be sold exclusively at Toyota Leahead dealerships.[9][10] It is the third model in the Leahead lineup after the i1 Toyota Vitz-based subcompact hatchback and the iX4 Trumpchi GS4-based compact SUV.

GAC-Honda EA6[edit]

The GAC-Honda EA6 is rebadged variant of the Aion S. The EA6 produces the same 135 kW (184 HP, 300 N • m), and is equipped with the same battery of 58.8 kWh, capable of a range of 460 km (286 mi) (NEDC). The EA6 is 32 mm (1.3 in) longer than the Aion S.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Car Using Nidec's E-Axle Traction Motor System Unveiled". GlobeNewswire.com. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "136马力 广汽新能源埃安S新车型申报图". autohome.com.cn. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  3. ^ 28"GAC Aion S Is Equipped With 58.8 kWh CATL NCM 811 Battery". InsideEVs. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  4. ^ "GAC Aion S Prices And Specifications Announced". Autocar.co.uk. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. ^ http://carsalesbase.com/china-car-sales-data/gac/gac-aion-s/ CarSalesBase.com GAC Aion S China Auto Sales Figures. Retrieved 19 November 2019
  6. ^ https://www.gacne.com.cn/vehicle/config/table?cid=aion_s_plus
  7. ^ "GAC Aion S Plus goes on sale, starts at about $21,600 after subsidies". 24 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Aion S Plus is a New Chinese Electric Sedan with a 510 Kilometer Range". 5 June 2021.
  9. ^ "GAC Aion S Will Soon Have A Sibling: GAC-Toyota To Release All-Electric iA5". ChinaPEV.com. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  10. ^ "GAC Toyota iA5 Is Totally A Sibling Of GAC Aion S". ChinaPEV.com. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  11. ^ "New GAC EA6 electric sedan turned out to be a clone – DRIVE". tekdeeps. 7 November 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2021.