Volkswagen launches new electric car brand SOL with E20X SUV

by Sam Sheehan, Autocar UK 25 Apr 2018

Volkswagen has launched a new electric car brand for China called SOL with the reveal of its first model, the E20X.

On show in Beijing, the SUV is the first car to come from a new brand that has been born out of VW’s Chinese venture, Jianghuai Volkswagen automotive.

The E20X is due on sale in China later this year. It is built on the same underpinnings as JAC’s iEV7S SUV (an all-electric model it already offered in China) but features clear VW Group styling influences, particularly from Seat models.

Exact details for the powertrain are scarce but it is thought the E20X uses the same lithium-ion battery pack and the electric motor as the iEV7S. Volkswagen said the new SOL model is capable of travelling 186 miles to one charge, according to the New European Driving Cycle.

Features carried across from the iEV7S include smart charging, self-parking technology and a 360-degree parking camera.