GAC WitStar provides your annual dose of Chinese-OEM conceptual weirdness from Detroit [w/video]
We'll start off by saying we have no idea how close to reality any of the powertrain components are, but here are the WitStar particulars. GAC specifies a Chevy Volt-like setup, with an small gas engine (1.0-liter inline-four) feeding an electric drive motor via a generator. Peak power for the drive system is said to be around 127 horsepower and 168 pound-feet, with a total electric-only range of 62 miles or more from its 13 kWh, li-ion battery pack.
Visually, while the WitStar seems arresting at a distance, the up-close view rewards with chintzy details and weirdness. The wood flooring and reversible seats remind us a bit of the Mercedes-Benz autonomous luxury pod, though with a big step down in material quality. But hey, the GAC concept has a fish tank for an armrest... that's got to be worth a few points, right?
There's no real press release available for us to share with you, but GAC has provided a badly-translated-idiom-laden corporate sizzle reel, if you'd care to indulge, below. We'll be feeding the (plastic) fish.
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