Giugiaro Unveils 335-Mile Clipper Six Seat Electric MPV at Geneva Motor Show (launch video)

MAR 4 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

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.

Guigiaro Clipper - Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper – Live From The 2014 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.”

Guigiaro Clipper - Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper – Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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.”

Guigiaro Clipper - Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper – Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper - Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper - Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper – Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper - Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Guigiaro Clipper - Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show (...must be suit day)

Guigiaro Clipper – Live From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show (…must be suit day)

This Is A Thing From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

This Is A Thing From The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Source: Autocar

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11 Comments on "Giugiaro Unveils 335-Mile Clipper Six Seat Electric MPV at Geneva Motor Show (launch video)"

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Andrew
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I hate to be THAT guy, but I feel like this is the shape that the Tesla Model X rear end should have had. I understand the aerodynamics of having a sloped rear, however, think about just how much MORE luggage space the Model X could have had.

I would happily sacrifice 5 – 10% range if it meant that I could add 20 – 25% cargo capacity. Not to mention it would no longer look like a bloated Model S

Mark H
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The Model X does look like a bloated Model S but it looks no where near as bloated as this! The head room in the Model S is a little short in the rear seat if you are six feet or taller. The Model X is not going to suffer those limitations. Have you ever looked at the trunk space in a Model S? It is HUGE and on top of that you have a frunk! I don’t know what more space anyone is going need that the Model X does not offer. I am not an SUV kinda a guy so neither vehicle excites me that much, but if I were, I definitely would favor the Tesla Model X. Partially, and BMW/Mercedes/Lexus drivers get used to this phrase, because it’s a Tesla….

MDEV
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MDEV

What about the UGLY nose again in the model X

Anon
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Anon

It has the same shape as the grill on the Mini Cooper CUV. Not hearing a lot of complaints from mini owners. 😉

Aaron
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Aaron

335 miles, eh? Did they put a 120kW battery pack into this baby? That ain’t gonna be cheap.

Anon
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Anon

Looks nice. Worry about roof crush strength in a rollover. No roof rack on this baby, for sure. Nice to see other designers thinking in the new paradigm of no compromise, long range EVs.

pk
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pk

And the chances that this will actually go into production in volume as the we all know the model X will? Also the back reminds me of the BMW X series SUV. Not a fan of those.

MDEV
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MDEV

Tesla need a new designer, model X looks bad beside this car.

Anon
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Anon

Some folks like angularity over sleek curves. It’s all a matter of personal taste.

But from a business POV, branding is job one. Less radical designs turn off less potential customers, so risk for selling their second vehicle is minimized. Dealing with areo and effeciency loss with a larger vehicle, would be easier with a known profile to start from. You’ll note that some elements from earlier prototypes of Model “S”, were reintroduced in the lower front of X I suspect it was for reducing drag as much as possible.

That said, I’m itching to see what Tesla is thinking about designing for gen III.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

Nice Tease. Now if we could find out how much they want for it and how big the battery is. It was only a matter of time before someone came out with a “Lt. Ohura Dashboard”.

Anon
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Anon

The dashboard does feel more Star Trek Shuttle Craft, than automotive. Odd that it doesn’t seem touch or gesture aware. The awkward flip up touch control panel in the HUGE center console, seemed a step backwards.