Pininfarina Shanghai designs recreational SUV with airline seats and outdoor kitchen

Chinese EV startup Polestones Automobile’s midsize luxury SUV has an industry-first rear-end restaurant system integrated into the rear door; other highlights are a stowable car canopy and spacious 2m x 1.5m king-size bed by folding down the second and third rows of seats.

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Chinese electric vehicle startup Polestones Automobile, owned by Rox Motor, has officially released the Polestones 01, a mid-size luxury SUV for families who are keen on long-distance trips in total comfort. The hybrid Polestones 01, designed by Pininfarina Shanghai, sets itself apart as the first six-seat recreational SUV furnished with airline-style seats and an ingenious outdoor kitchen.

As for the range-extending power generation system, the Polestones 01 adopts a 1.5T four-cylinder range extender, delivering an impressive 235 kilometres of pure electric cruising range, and a comprehensive range of fuel and electricity for a total of 1,115 kilometres. The vehicle's interior and exterior design have been crafted by the Pininfarina Shanghai Team, who were involved from the initial creative phase right through to industrialisation.

Matteo Piguzzi, Vice-President Design at Pininfarina Shanghai, explained the design philosophy: "Oriental aesthetics advocate less is more. We harnessed the Chinese character 'SHI' throughout the design of the Polestones 01. 'SHI' is derived from Chinese classics: Library Theory and Practice. It is embodied in the smart and dynamic headlight design, the three-dimensional and gentle taillights, and the square and stately air-intake grille. The vehicle's straight horizontal waistline exudes sharpness, while the robust wheel arches and oversized wheels accentuate its outdoor prowess, giving it a rugged personality. The tough, protective exterior shell symbolises responsibility, concealing a fiery passion beneath the sharp lines. The end result is a robust off-road SUV that aligns seamlessly with the current SUV trends."

Two configurations for Polestones 01 mobile home

The SUV is available in two configurations: a versatile seven-seater and a premium six-seater version adorned with ultra-luxurious airline seats in the second row. Among its standout features is an industry-first rear-end restaurant system integrated into the rear door. Unfolding this innovative feature reveals a compact kitchen workspace complete with a water dispenser and an exclusive induction cooker, which can be powered through a 220V external discharge interface. The kitchen also offers ample storage for a comprehensive set of outdoor dining utensils.

The Polestones 01 further offers an original 270deg car canopy that passengers can assemble and stow away in only five minutes, transforming the vehicle into an open-air dining space and a cozy outdoor retreat under nature's canopy.

In the 7-seater Polestones 01 edition, users can even enjoy a restful night's sleep while on the move by folding down the second and third rows of seats to create a spacious 2m x 1.5m king-size bed. The third row of the 7-seater can comfortably accommodate three adults, even those towering at 1.8 meters in height.

Step inside the Polestones 01 and you see the T-shaped, leather-wrapped dashboard equipped with an LCD dual screen and concealed electric air vents. Generous dimensions, with a length of 5,050mm, a width of 1,980mm, a height of 1,869mm, and a wheelbase of 3,010mm, ensure a spacious and comfortable cabin. The front seats are equipped with ventilation, heating, and massage functions, while the second-row independent seats come standard with heating and massage features.

In terms of cabin air quality, the Polestones 01 includes a comprehensive integrated air purification system and an air conditioning function that releases negative ions. Ambient lighting adds to the luxurious atmosphere with an impressive 256-color spectrum. The Polestones 01 Intelligent Interaction system supports seamless connectivity across multiple high-definition screens.

To cater to families, the ceiling screen is equipped with a child lock function to protect young passengers' eyesight. Additionally, the Polestones 01 comes standard with a 9-inch streaming media rearview mirror, enhancing both safety and convenience during travel.


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