Leapmotor C10 unveiled in IAA Mobility as the brand’s first global model

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The Leapmotor C10 all electric SUV was unveiled at the IAA Mobility in Munich, Germany. It is the brand’s first model designed for global markets. Moreover, it is underpinned by the all-new Leap 3.0 architecture. Basically, it is a mid-size electric SUV with 5 seats that supports 800V charging. Let’s get to know it better.

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First of all, we will remind you that Leapmotor was founded in 2015. However, its first electric vehicle hit the market in 2018. It was the S01 electric coupe. Currently, Leapmotor has already suspended the sales of this model in China. And still, it is presented on the official website of the company as a part of its legacy. As for the current model line, it is represented by three models: C11 SUV, C01 sedan and T03 city car. Leapmotor sells relatively good in China, with over 14,000 units sold in August this year. In the next two years, Leapmotor wants to enter international markets with five models. And the first one of them is the C10 SUV.

More on the Leapmotor C10

The Leapmotor C10 is a mid-size full-electric SUV that was previously known under the code name B11. Speaking about its styling, the C10 stays close with the C11 SUV. However, it is a bit smaller and has more minimalistic styling. Moreover, it has a LiDAR sensor on top of the roof. The car also has a smooth shape, a small roof spoiler and a closed front end. Other features of the Leapmotor C10 exterior design are active air intake, small side view mirrors, 245/50 R20 wheels and a single taillight unit that goes all the way through the rear end of this vehicle.

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Currently, the interior of the Leapmotor C10 is hidden from our eyes. However, Chinese automotive enthusiasts have previously made some spy shots of its vehicle cabin. In one of them we can see that the C10 has a two-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom, a large floating screen, a smaller LCD instrument panel and a black-white color scheme. According to Xchuxing media, the C10 can be equipped with 5 or 6 seats. However, its information wasn’t confirmed by the brand’s representatives.

Here, we should also mention that the Leapmotor C10 also stands on the brand’s latest architecture called Leap 3.0.

Leap 3.0 architecture

The main benefits of this architecture are increased safety, interior space, torsional rigidity and charging capability, Leapmotor representatives disclosed. Now, let’s get to these statements closer. According to the brand’s presentation, the torsional rigidity of the vehicle reaches 40,000 Nm/degree. As for the interior space, it was improved by 17.5% because of the battery layout. Moreover, the new platform supports 800V charging. Speaking of power output, this platform supports both RWD and 4WD drive types. It can be equipped with electric motors for 170 kW (231 hp) and 250 kW (340 hp).

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One more benefit of the Leap 3.0 platform is the interactive system that uses the 8295 chip from Qualcomm. It powers the Leap OS that supports Face ID, AR-HUD and other interesting features. Speaking about the autonomous driving features, Leapmotor’s new platform supports LiDARs, high-precision cameras and other sensors. As for the computing power, it reaches 254 TOPS with Nvidia Drive Orix SoC.

The Leap 3.0 platform can underpin SUVs, sedans, MPVs and sedans. In two years, Leapmotor plans to launch five vehicles based on this architecture. They will enter Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Americas. More on the Leapmotor as we get it.

Last month the manufacturer was subject of several breaking news in the automotive world. First, the German automotive giant, Volkswagen, decided to license technology from the EV maker for its Jetta models.

Source: Leapmotor at the IAA Mobility, Xchuxing, Weibo, Donews

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