The Singulato iS6 Is Another Chinese Answer To Tesla

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This is the new Singulato iS6, a full electric crossover SUV from Zhiche Auto, a Chinese start-up based in Beijing. Small batch production will start late this year with mass production scheduled to begin in mid 2018. Price will range from 200.000 to 300.000 yuan ($30.000 – 43.000), which pitches the iS6 straight up against the Tesla Model 3.

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The car was presented in a poorly lit hall so these are the best photos we have. Design is interesting but not overly exciting. It seems a bit stretched out. Happily, there is also a sports version:

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With air ducts and wings over the D-pillar and fully closed wheels. It looks more ‘tech’ than the blue car.

Happily, Singulato has released two images of the iS6, sadly they are not very clear either but at least we can have a better look at the design. Headlights look great. Shoulder line is lower than the bonnet. It has LED panels between the front lights and above the rear lights that can say things. The driver can change the text into anything he wants. This one here says ‘Singulato’, and on the back it goes…

‘I ♥ you’. That is really sweet. The rear looks a bit empty between the light unit and the bumper. It all doesn’t seem quite finished yet.

Specs: range of 400 kilometers. 0-100 is four seconds. No info yet on the motor or battery. Length: 4850, wheelbase is 2960. The production car will be semi-autonomous with automatic parking. A fully autonomous version will be launched in 2020. Buyers can reserve their iS6 today.

Updated as we write with this pic from Singulato’s website. Be careful if you go there because the site is so full with flash and other moving things that it will take your browser’s memory use through the roof. The image shows the sports version and here it looks much better than on the other pics. But I just can’t stop looking at those mirrors, they seem strangely large and of a overly complicated design.

Light units in the bumper need some work.

The door handles pup out when you approach the car, just like on a Tesla. And here you can clearly see that the car is far from ready, look at the handles, how the sit in the doors, and also at the window frame. Sure they will fix it all up before 2018, righto?

Suicide doors.

The interior looks great. The screen seems a tad too tall, blocking the driver’s sight. It also seems to block at least a part of the air vents. Steering wheel very classy. Digital instruments. Luxurious leather seats.

The main screen is 15.6 inch, the instrument panel is 12.3 inch, there is and a 16.3 inch head-up display (HUD), which we cannot see on this pic. That adds up to 44.2 inches of beautiful distraction!

Singulato hello. Will you keep trendy Chinese from buying a Tesla Model 3..?

We will do another post on the iS6 if we get better images.

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  1. Again; may I ask this excellent publication to specify if the range is the European standard or the US way of measuring range? There is a huge difference, and that is why this information is so important.
    I urge you to let us know!
    Thank you. I love Car News China – except for the above mentioned. 🙂

  2. Some comments on the car;
    Nice front. Although I notice that the fenders and the front bumper cover seems to be one piece! Not very practical (economical), if you need to replace it after a minor damage.

    Generally the shape is okay, but the D-pillar ‘air-duct-wings’ on the “Sport version” seems strange and ugly. Why does it need it? And perhaps the D-pillar should be a bit smaller and the window a bit larger?

    Rear end is not well designed, just as you commented yourself. And rear lights in the “bumper” is never a good idea. They will always be fragile. Even if plastic cover and paint is generally a problem.

    Interior is beautiful; the leather seats looks great, dash is pretty, steering wheel very modern, but… the main screen is hopeless! I know it is fancy – and Tesla style, but it doesn’t fit the car. Perhaps it is about time to think differently. I suggest to separate it into two screens. Approx. 1/3 or 1/4 in a smaller screen on the upper part of the dash, and the rest 2/3 or 3/4 integrated in the middle console. And when will someone come with a tilting option? Sometimes the driver need it, sometime the passenger want to watch a movie, without disturbing the driver.

    Finally; for export I suggest they change the name so we don’t need to draw air three times to prenounce the name: Sin-gul-ato. ‘SINGUL’ is more than enough. No matter what it may mean in China. But will it be exported? Well, I welcome it in Europe and in the leading country for Electric cars: Norway.

    I look forward to know the weight, kW, acceleration speed/time, and as above mentioned; the range according to European or US messuras.

    Once more; thank you. Hopefully the Zhiche Company read Car News China. 🙂

  3. Nice car… wish to have one.. but off topic a little bit, in the share column, what comes between ‘pin it’ and ’email’? I tried to share the article with it but it just won’t budge


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