It’s the electric city car that’s been getting envious looks from rivals.
Called the Green-i, the 2+2 seat Toyota iQ challenger has been designed and built by Citroen’s Chinese partner, Changan Auto.
Though officially a concept car, the newcomer has the support of the French company, and appeared on the firm’s stand at the Shanghai Motor Show, alongside new models like the DS5.
While the Green-i’s design is certainly distinctive, some of its parts are clearly inspired by Citroen’s own work. The wheels, for example, share key Citroen design themes, while the car’s profile is reminiscent of the BB1 concept car from sister firm, Peugeot.
The Green-i was also shown at last year’s Beijing Motor Show. There’s limited technical detail, save the fact that the car is electrically powered and is front wheel drive.
It’s not clear what sort of batteries the car is likely to use - However, Changan makes some lofty claims about the Green-i’s performance.
Measuring 3.2 meters in length, the Green-i promises a range of up to 140 miles, and a quick charge facility that will restore up to 80 percent of the batteries charge in only five minutes.
There’s also solar power cell in the car’s roof , and claims of a similar system that has been invisibly stitched into the car’s glass.