Chinese electric vehicle startup Leapmotor's flagship SUV, the C11, will be in mass production and on sale by October this year, co-founder Wu Baojun announced Thursday.

C11 is equipped with China's first AI smart driving chip with fully independent intellectual property, Lingxin 01, Wu said.

C11 officially opens for pre-sale in early 2021 and is available in three options, priced at RMB 159,800 ($24,725), RMB 179,800 and RMB 199,800 respectively.

C11 measures 4,750 x 1,905 x 1,650 mm with a wheelbase of 2,930 mm. It has a maximum NEDC range of over 600 km and the dual-motor 4WD version has a claimed 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than 5 seconds.

C11 features an intelligent cockpit with Qualcomm Snapdragon's third-generation digital cockpit platform, which the company claims is nearly three times more powerful than the most advanced models on the market today.

C11 also features a face ID auto-adaptation system, mobile App-based remote control and many other features.

The model is equipped with 28 smart sensing hardware in the same class as the Model Y, including 10 cameras, 12 ultrasonic radars, 5 millimeter-wave radars and a face recognition camera.

The two in-house developed Lingxin 01 intelligent driving chips, with 8.4Tops of computing power, support access to 12 cameras to achieve 2.5D 360° surround view, automatic parking, ADAS domain control and nearly L3 level intelligent driving assistance functions.

C11 connects the entire intelligent driving system from the chip level and uses a complete set of intelligent driving solutions with fully independent intellectual property rights, the company said.

Leapmotor founder Zhu Jiangming said the company is confident in its self-driving technology and expects to achieve full-scene autonomous driving by 2024 and surpass Tesla within three years.

By the end of 2025, the company will launch eight models covering a price range of up to RMB 350,000, and plans to enter overseas markets in 2022.

The overall sales target for Leapmotor in 2025 is 800,000 units, Zhu said.

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