Pininfarina presents H500 and E-SUV K350 in Beijing
Pininfarina and the Hybrid Kinetic Group have presented two more jointly developed concept cars at the Beijing Motor Show. As previous studies, the two new concepts, a SUV and a sedan, combine their electric drives with a micro turbine range extender.
The models are an SUV named the K350 and a sedan called the H500. Previously the same partners had integrated the same technology into the H600 sedan and the SUVs K550 and K750 as well as the recently presented wing door coupé HK GT. The first serial model is expected in 2020.
It was also recently announced that the Italian design studio Pininfarina was planning to become an auto manufacturer in their own right. Two weeks ago, their mother company Mahindra announced the founding of the European brand Automobili Pininfarina for luxury EVs. Automobili Pininfarina will be headed by Michael Perschke. The German manager has also worked with Audi India and with the board of Volkswagen Group Sales India. He will be joined by Per Svantesson as the chief operating officer.
The plan is currently to develop a range of electric SUVs priced starting around 150,000 euros. The first milestone project will be a 2 million euro electric hypercar. Automobili Pininfarina plans to use their expertise in design to combine with Mahindras growing experience in the Formula E circuit to manufacture EVs of the next generation.