Tata Nexon-inspired Maple 30X EV SUV launched in China
In another example of how Chinese carmakers seem to find heavy inspiration in their counterparts from other parts of the world when designing their cars, the recently launched Maple 30x seems to carry more than a passing resemblance of the Tata Nexon in its styling.
The Maple 30X has been developed by Fengsheng Automotive, a firm co-owned by Geely and Kandi, and aside from the questaionable styling, seems to make for a compelling package as an electric car. Prices, after subsidies start from RMB 68,800 (approximately Rs 7.33 lakh ) and go up to RMB 79,800 (approximately Rs 8.6 lakh) for the top-spec car. There are four trims and five-colour options, including a dual-tone paint option much like the Nexon.
There is no word on the size of the battery but the 30x claims a range of 306 km and is powered by a 95PS electric motor. The battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes via a fast charger. Not much is know about the features the 30X offers but the images show LED lighting, a fully digital instrument cluster, climate control, the GKUI infoatinment system and a flat-bottom steering wheel with inbuilt controls. Higher trims even get a sunroof and a full suite of active safety and guidance systems.
Geely is one of China's more prominent carmakers. It owns Volvo Cars and has a small shareholding in Daimler as well. The Maple brand is its foray into the affordable EV market segment.
Starts Rs 6.95 Lakhs