Qoros Milestone Concept Shows Its Wild Side In Beijing
The coronavirus pandemic has canceled auto shows left and right this year, but the Beijing Auto Show is one of the very few that has survived. Originally slated for late April, the event in the Chinese capital is in full swing and there are actually plenty of interesting cars to see. Take for example this Qoros Milestone, a striking sedan with avant-garde styling and avant-garde interior design.
The Qoros global media site is sadly outdated, but local media have managed to get some information on the Angular sedan. It would be five meters (197 inches) long and two meters (79 inches) wide, while measuring only 1.4 meters (55 inches) in height. To put those numbers into perspective, it’s about as long as an Audi A7 Sportback, but significantly wider and a bit lower.
Displaying roughly the same angularity as a Tesla Cybertruck, the Milestone has four sliding doors that can be operated using hand gestures. C-shaped lights at the front and rear further enhance the angular theme chosen by Qoros, while the side profile shows a tiny greenhouse and cameras instead of the conventional mirrors. The wheels have an unusual appearance with their intricate design, worthy of the futuristic appearance of the vehicle.
Then there’s the interior with a built-in holographic that turns the windshield into a giant display area that is manageable with a remote that detaches from the steering wheel. The Milestone was designed with fully autonomous mode in mind, as it can transform into a roomy two-seater by sliding the front seats rearward to cover the backseat. The lack of conventional B-pillars means getting in and out is a snap.
Technical specifications regarding the engine are shrouded in mystery, but Chinese media say Qoros developed the concept to accommodate a full-range powertrain. In other words, we are dealing with an essentially electric vehicle backed by a small heat engine to increase range in the same vein as the BMW i3 REx.