Chinese automaker Leapmotor revealed its latest SUV, the C10, designed for global markets after its debut at the iAA Mobility and a subsequent appearance at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Following Stellantis' acquisition of a 20% stake in Leapmotor, plans are underway to introduce the C10 to overseas markets.
According to information from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the C10 is equipped with a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack manufactured by CALB, boasting a capacity of 69.9 kWh. The battery powers a single electric motor with a robust 170 kW (231 hp) output, providing an estimated range of up to 530 km. The test cycle details were not specified, though it is presumed to be a Chinese Long-Term Test Cycle (CLTC) figure.
An inherent drawback of LFP packs is their weight, and the C10's battery pack tips the scales at 550 kg. In comparison, a 97.6-kWh ternary (NMC) CATL battery, found in the Exeed Exlantix ET (Sterra ET), weighs 524 kg. The C10's curb weight stands at 1940/1965 kg.
In terms of design, the C10's exterior draws parallels with the Li Auto L7 SUV. The dimensions measure 4739/1900/1680 mm, with a wheelbase of 2825 mm—slightly larger than the BMW X3.
Inside the C10, a spacious cabin accommodates five seats and features a large touchscreen. The gear selector is positioned behind the two-spoke steering wheel, offering a comfortable 1050 mm of legroom for second-row passengers.
Built on the Leap3.0 architecture, the C10 boasts enhanced safety, interior space, torsional rigidity, and charging capability. Torsional rigidity reaches 40,000 Nm/degree, reflecting a 17.5% increase in interior space. The SUV supports 800V charging and is equipped with a single electric motor delivering 231 hp to the rear axle.
Leapmotor has ambitious plans, aiming to sell 10,000 units of the C10 monthly. The anticipated price range in China is approximately 150,000 – 200,000 yuan (21,000 – 28,000 USD). Pre-sales for the C10 are set to commence on January 10, with the first batch expected to hit overseas markets in July-August 2024.