Giugiaro Unveils 335-Mile Clipper Six Seat Electric MPV at Geneva Motor Show (launch video)
The Giugiaro Clipper, a six seat electric MPV based on the Volkswagen MQB platform,is likely the most radical plug-in on display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Clipper boasts an unbelievable range of 335 miles and a top speed of 127 mph. It features a pair of 148-hp electric motors (one up front and one out back).
The AWD Clipper is similar in form and functionality to the Tesla Model X.
As Autocar reports on the Clipper:
“With the absence of a conventional engine and the batteries all being mounted in the floor, almost all of the car’s footprint is given over to a spacious interior. There are three rows of two seats, the rearmost two can be folded flat for a 900-litre load space.”
“Italdesign, best-known recently for exotic concepts such as the luxury Brivido GT from 2012 and the off-road Parcour supercar from 2013, says the 4534mm-long Clipper, which is named after a sailing ship, is “deliberately not futuristic car”, where the only concession to an exotic concept car touch was in its front butterfly doors and rear gullwings.”
Sounds Model X-like doesn’t it?
The Guigiaro Clipper is purely a concept, so don’t expect to see a Model X competitor emerge from this show-only vehicle on display in Geneva.
But this feature, as described by Autocar, seems trick enough to us that perhaps Tesla should adopt it and drop those unusual and surely expensive falcon doors:
“The four doors open upwards, and the B-pillars are mounted into the two rearmost doors to allow improved access into the interior. All six occupants can get in the car at the same time.”