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Human Horizons to launch with sporty electric SUV

Human Horizons, the electric vehicle startup created by two former executives at General Motors’ joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., used the Beijing auto show to formally introduce its first model. 

The HiPhil X is being positioned as a sporty electric SUV under the premium brand for connected EVs. 

The EV offers two variants – a four-seat version priced at 800,000 yuan ($117,820) and a six-seater that retails for 680,000 yuan — according to Human Horizons. 

It is 5,200 mm long, 2,062 mm wide and 1,618 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3,150 mm. 

Powered by 220-kilowatt front and rear dual electric motors and a 97-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the HiPhil X has a range of 630 kilometers on one charge under NEDC standards. 

The vehicle also features Level 4 autonomous valet parking, a 5G-V2X communication network, artificial intelligence-enabled voice control functions and facial-recognition entry.

Human Horizons was established in Shanghai in 2017 by Ding Lei and Phil Murtaugh, two former senior executives at SAIC-GM. 

The company plans to start production of the HiPhi X in the east China city of Yancheng at the end of the year. The vehicle is slated to go on sale in the first half of next year.  

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