The model starts at about $25,000 and has a 0-100 km acceleration time as short as less than 5 seconds.

(Photo source: Leapmotor)

Chinese electric car startup Leapmotor said today that its flagship SUV, the C11, will be delivered to its first owners on October 22 at its factory in Jinhua, Zhejiang province.

Deliveries of the model, the first under Leapmotor's C architecture, will begin soon in other cities as well, the company said.

The C11 opened for pre-sale earlier this year and goes on sale September 29 with three options, priced at RMB 159,800 ($25,000), RMB 179,800 and RMB 199,800, respectively.

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

The model is equipped with Leap Pilot 3.0 driver assistance system, with modules including chip, algorithm, perception and data developed by the company in-house.

It also includes 28 sensors including 11 cameras, 5 millimeter-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic radars, and 128G of high precision map storage space reserved for future upgrades.

Leapmotor delivered 4,095 vehicles in September, up 432 percent year-on-year, but down about 9 percent from August, which the company blamed on a shortage of chip supply.

Until the C11 is available, the company was selling the S01, a coupe, and the T03, a mini-vehicle.

Leapmotor founder Zhu Jiangming has said the company is so confident in its self-driving technology that it expects to achieve full-scene autonomous driving by 2024, surpassing within three years.

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

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

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