Sony Vision-S 02 - Sony surprised at CES 2022 with an electric SUV | Car Blog

Sony has surprisingly presented their very own prototype of an electric car at the CES, though the electronics giant has been keeping any production plans to themselves. Sony’s electric limousine named Vision-S is based on a specially developed electric car platform for which international suppliers were involved.

The Canadian-Austrian contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, as well as the well-known technology & automobile suppliers Benteler, Bosch, Continental and ZF all contributed to the development. The electric car concept has two electric motors, which together deliver 400 kW of power. This electric car should be able to accelerate from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 240km/h (149mph). However, the main features of the Sony electric car are not parts from European suppliers, but rather the competencies of the Japanese company: In particular, sensor and safety technology and a complete entertainment system are among the components contributed by Sony.

“I believe the next mega-trend will be mobility,” says Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. The Japanese are interested in sensor technologies that will surpass the human eye – important for autonomous driving, for example, but also for various safety functions. For years, Sony has built up a great deal of expertise in camera sensors, which have so far been used primarily in smartphones. A further developed version of these sensors is now to be used in the automotive industry.

The Vision-S 02 builds on the lessons learned from the Vision-S 01 sedan, which Sony actually started testing on public roads last year. Its swoopy, compact shape is reminiscent of the Tesla Model Y, and at 192.7 inches long, 76 inches wide and 65 inches tall, the Vision-S SUV is roughly the same size.

Sony says the Vision-S 02 is powered by a pair of electric motors, each producing 200 kilowatts, or about 268 horsepower apiece. The SUV rides on 20-inch wheels and is said to weigh 5,467 pounds. As for the battery size or the estimated range, those figures are TBD.

Inside, Sony says the Vision-S SUV can support four- or seven-passenger seating arrangements. The latter swaps out the rear captain's chairs for a three-across setup with an additional two seats in the way-back. Given the compact size, we can't imagine that third row will be in any way comfortable, but then again, this is just a concept. The Vision-S 02 SUV has the same full-width display we first saw in the Vision-S 01 sedan, with three screens integrated into the single housing. Rear-seat passengers get a pair of multimedia displays, as well.

The Vision-S platform is further designed to be applicable to multiple vehicle types, not only for limousines. This includes varying body shapes such as electric SUVs. It is unlikely that Sony itself developed this platform and then left it at a prototype – Yoshida did not give any details about plans for series production or a price. Especially since the partners Magna and Benteler are two companies with proven experience in body construction and Benteler already offers a kind of Blanco platform for electric cars in the form of the “Electric Drive System”.

However, Sony did not disclose which components come from which supplier – Bosch, Continental and ZF all have electric drive know-how, but also experience with assistance systems. Companies such as chip manufacturers Nvidia and Qualcomm, as well as Blackberry, Elektrobit, Gentex and Here were also involved in the development of the Vision-S.

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