This morning, Jidu Auto announced that its third vehicle will be named Jidu X instead of Jidu 003, and released the uncamouflaged exterior picture. Just recently, foreign media revealed the spy shots of Jidu X during overseas testing, and these high-definition pictures help us to further understand the exterior details of this car.
Although the front part of Jidu X maintains a similar design as Jidu 001, there are some differences in the details. The daytime running lights on both sides are almost perfectly integrated into the front hood, and the shape is more like Jidu 009, using strip LED lights to form a shape similar to the letter “h”, which is sharper and more aggressive in appearance. The headlights are designed as two thin light groups on the left and right, and together with the air intakes on both sides, they form two “beards”.
From the side of the car, the overall lines of Jidu X are somewhat rounded. The curve of the roof is almost horizontal throughout the entire passenger compartment and only starts to slope downward at the trunk. The rear seats are also equipped with privacy glass. Additionally, have you noticed where the door handles are?
After zooming in on the picture, the B-pillar and C-pillar of the vehicle have a small circular button each, which are, in fact, the door switching buttons. In other words, this car is actually equipped with electric doors! In addition to the door handles, Jidu X also has a hidden design for the charging port cover, making the entire side of the car look more integrated.
Also, have you noticed that the wheel hub is slightly larger than the 19-inch wheel hub of the smart fortwo #1 CabrioBar by BRABUS? So I speculate that this car is equipped with 20-inch wheels, consistent with the top-of-the-line ID.3. What do you think of the V-shaped wheels? After zooming in on the details, the brake discs are perforated, and the brake caliper is expected to be a 4-piston caliper.The rearview mirror of the car features a borderless design similar to that of Polestar 2, and it can be seen that the car door uses a frameless glass design.
The overall design of the rear of the car leans towards a rounded style, but the lines of the taillights are sharp. The Zeekr emblem is used to separate the taillights of the Zeekr X, so it does not adopt the common through-type taillight design of electric vehicles. The luminous Zeekr emblem in the center, coupled with the unique taillights, allows people to recognize the Zeekr X as an electric vehicle at a glance in the dark.
From this set of photos, we can also see the hardware of the ADAS. It can be seen from the picture that the Zeekr X uses multiple cameras and radars to form the ADAS hardware. Considering that Zeekr has had deep cooperation with Mobileye, I guess that the Zeekr X is very likely to use the same hardware solution as Zeekr 001 and Zeekr 009, which includes:
2 Mobileye EyeQ5H chips with a total computational power of 48 Tops;
7 8-megapixel long-distance high-definition cameras;
1 250m long-range perception millimeter-wave radar;
12 short-range ultrasonic radars;
4 short-range panoramic high-definition cameras;
2 in-vehicle monitoring cameras;
1 outdoor monitoring camera;
1 rear streaming media camera.
Zeekr officials have stated that this hardware solution not only supports basic ADAS but also “advanced” driving assistance systems like “navigation-assisted driving.”The Dimension of Jekka X is 4,450mm in length, 1,836mm in width, and 1,572mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. Although it is an SUV, its body height is closer to that of a compact car, which means its frontal area is smaller than that of a model like the Elf #1, whose height is 1,636mm.
Combining the configuration of Elf #1 and Jekka X’s traditional emphasis on vehicle handling, Jekka X is also likely to launch a single-motor rear-wheel-drive version and a dual-motor four-wheel-drive version, with maximum power of 200 kW and 315 kW respectively. The official statement indicates that the acceleration of the four-wheel-drive version will reach the level of 3 seconds per 100 kilometers, adding another member to the group of electric sports cars.
Here is another comparison chart of Jekka X and smart Elf #1. In addition to the mentioned configurations above, according to rumors, Jekka X will also be equipped with a center console screen that can move left and right, a central armrest that can move forward and backward, an onboard refrigerator, 4-seater version, and HUD in the interior, while the sound system is likely to use the same Yamaha sound as other Jekka models.
Lastly, the price; since the vice president of Geely, Yang Xueliang, has clearly stated that “Jekka will not launch models below 200,000 RMB,” the starting price of Jekka X should be above 200,000 RMB, which means it is slightly more expensive than smart Elf #1. Combined with the price tag of 279,000 RMB for the Elf #1 BRABUS edition, the price of the four-wheel-drive version may be close to that.
Looking at the mentioned configurations above, if the prices are really close, consumers may be able to spend the same money to buy a smaller car with a more powerful configuration than the Elf #1. This is also one of Jekka’s traditions. Although the price is high, consumers often get a better configuration than same or even higher-priced competitors.
Designed by Geely’s chief designer Stefan Sielaff, Jekka X is the smallest model in the Jekka family, based on the Haohan platform, and is the same lineage as smart Elf #1 and Volvo EX30.Extreme Kr X will officially debut at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. We will also be present at the event to bring you more content about this car. Stay tuned for further updates!
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