Arcfox’s Alpha S aims to break boundaries of design.

By Mark Andrews

Car Design News. 28/04/2021

Shan Wei, head of the design centre at BAIC Group, talks through the key characteristics of the new Arcfox Alpha S

At first glance it is easy to think the new Arcfox Alpha S is a saloon. However, it soon becomes clear the model is in the crossover realm. With a drag coefficient of 0.248, it certainly cuts a slippery profile. “The silhouette redefines the connection from roof to tail, not fastback but sporty with sedan feeling considered,” Shan Wei, head of the design centre at BAIC Group, tells Car Design News.

The Alpha S was shown for the first time at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. Bending the category distinctions, it combines the saloon aesthetics which Chinese people associate with a premium car together with the space provided by a crossover. “We think that automotive design is undergoing an innovation and we need to get ourselves adapted to such change by defining our design from a user perspective,” says Shan. With a length of 4,930mm and a width of 1,940mm, it has been designed to ensure spaciousness and functionality.

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The Huawei Inside Lidar equipped version of the Arcfox αS on display at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, China.
Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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