Hybrid Kinetic K550 and K750 SUVs by Pininfarina unveiled at Shanghai
The SUVs feature an electric powertrain which is backed up by a micro-turbine range extender.
Just a few weeks after unveiling Hybrid Kinetic H600 luxury sedan at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina has unveiled two more models it has designed for the new Chinese automaker. Called the HK K550 and K750, the premium SUVs adopt what is now an instantly recognizable design identity.
Both SUVs are characterized by a prominent hexagonal chrome grille which also houses sleek LED headlamps. Pininfarina designers have kept the surfaces neat and clean to give the cars an appeal of understated elegance.
K750, a 7-seater, differs from its 5-seater sibling by means of a slightly different front bumper, larger grille, longer body, and a cantilevered roof. The interiors are similar to those seen on H600 sedan. While the K750 is appointed with dark brown Alcantara upholstery, the smaller K550 receives Ice Tone Alcantara treatment.
The trio of HK products is a part of a 65 million euro deal between the Chinese automaker and the Italian design firm. As per the agreement, Pininfarina will take care of design, development, engineering, testing and validation (both virtual and physical) to offer its clients the turnkey products.
Like H600, the SUV duo feature pure electric powertrain which is supported by micro-turbine range extender, and a super battery with high energy density which has been developed by HK Group. The range extender is said to last for 50,000 hours with scheduled maintenance after every 10,000 hours. The super battery is claimed to have a lifespan of 50,000 DOD (Depth of Discharge) charging cycles.
The vehicles are expected to be launched sometime next year.