Wednesday, 05 January 2022 10:37

Sony Getting Serious About EVs, Debuts SUV Concept at CES

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs
Sony Vision-S 02 SUV concept. Sony Vision-S 02 SUV concept.


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When Sony unveiled the Vision-S electric concept sedan at CES 2020, everyone hoped it wouldn’t remain just a show car; after all, it looked production-ready and was too well thought-out to remain just a one-off.

Now, Sony finally said it is exploring an entry into the EV market, which is no big surprise given it has been testing the Vision-S 01 prototype on public roads since its reveal.


To remove any doubt about its intentions, the Japanese company just unveiled a second electric vehicle concept, the Sony Vision-S 02 SUV.


Previewed at CES 2022, the Vision-S 02 uses the same EV/cloud platform as the sedan prototype to offer a more practical vehicle with a roomier interior with seven seats. Sony said the Vision-S 01 and Vision-S 02 prototypes “will promote the accommodation of a large variety of lifestyles within a society where values are becoming increasingly diversified.”


Looking at the Vision-S 02, the resemblance to the Vision-S 01 is obvious as the SUV adopts the same design language and cues. While the sedan's dimensions place it halfway between the Tesla Model 3 and Model 3, the SUV occupies the space between the Tesla Model Y and the Model X.


The Vision-S 02 is 192.7 inches long, 76 inches wide and 65 inches high, with a generous wheelbase stretching at 119.3 inches. It rides on 20-inch wheels and weighs 5,467 pounds.


Inside, the dashboard design is very similar to the Vision-S 01 as well, consisting of three giant displays. The one on the left acts as an instrument cluster, the one in the middle is the main interface for the infotainment system, and the one on the right is for the front passenger. Second-row passengers have two additional screens at their disposal.


As with the Vision-S 01, the Vision-S 02 benefits from gadgets like seat speakers working with a streaming service compatible with...

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