2017 Pininfarina H600

Pininfarina was once the coachbuilder of coachbuilders and over the years has designed some of the most beautiful cars the world has to offer. The design house has worked with greats like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. But, it’s also done work for Chery, Changfeng, and even Hyundai. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina is set to display its latest concept, the H600 00 a luxury sedan that’s said to offer the “perfect combination of pure design and eco-friendly technology.” Designed for Hybrid Kinetic Group, the few teaser images we have showcased a sporty and aggressive exterior that is sure to be on point with other Pininfarina designs to go with an interior that’s technologically advanced and fitted with the finest materials available.

Of course, at this point, there’s very little to go by as Pininfarina is waiting until Geneva kicks off on March 7th to spill all of the beans. But, it’s released enough shots to give us a somewhat accurate idea of what we can expect. Of course, we’re talking about Pininfarina here, so it’s far from likely that it will disappoint or not draw a huge crowd at one of the world’s greatest auto shows. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the few photos we have and talk a little more about it before it makes its debut.

Exterior

Pininfarina H600

The shot we have of the front profile exposes the sleek and sexy LED headlights that are built into the same nose cavity that house the front grille.

Pininfarina has released a total of three photos on it’s Facebook page, that give us a good idea of what to expect but still keep the mystery alive. We can’t make out anything about the side profile at all. If it wasn’t for the design house calling it a sedan, we wouldn’t even know how many doors it has.

However, the shot we have of the front profile exposes the sleek and sexy LED headlights that are built into the same nose cavity that house the front grille. The grille itself is made up of 10 different and curved vertical slats that appear to float between the hood and the lower fascia. Right in the center of the grille sits a unique emblem that we can only assume is related to HKG, the brand that commissioned Pininfarina to build this masterpiece. We can only make out a portion of the lower fascia, but each corner of the fascia will be fitted with thin LED lights that have a 90-degree bend and are recessed just enough to add a little bit of extra contour to the fascia. A thin but wide air dam also graces the lower end of the fascia, which also helps to create a small lip. The hood of the H600 is fairly smooth with a pair of defining lines in the middle that are flanked by fairly muscular fenders that follow the contour of the front wheel arches.

Pininfarina H600

The only other exterior shot that we have of the H600 at this point is a cropped shot of the rear deck and taillights, just enough to give us a hint of what the rear offers without giving away a full silhouette.

The only other exterior shot that we have of the H600 at this point is a cropped shot of the rear deck and taillights, just enough to give us a hint of what the rear offers without giving away a full silhouette. Based on initial appearances, however, it looks like the rear end will be more toned down than the front with a rather smooth decklid that swoops upward just slightly to create a very small lip.

Down below, the taillights are sleek and offer up a unique lens layout. A reflector runs across the face of the decklid to connect both lights. A chrome insert surrounds the lights and the reflector adding a hint of luxury to the rear. Just below sits the “Hybrid Kinetic” badge that lets the world know who commissioned the car. The rear fascia is completely out of the image, but we can make out a distinct body line on the rear quarter panel that hints at a sculpted side profile. Meanwhile, the lower fascia should take on at least some aggressive cues to give the perfect mix of aggressiveness and luxury.

Interior

Pininfarina H600

Like the rest of the car, the interior is a fairly big mystery, with the only image exposing little more than the steering wheel and instrument cluster. The steering wheel itself is a flat-bottom unit that appears to have a perforated leather insert on the inside of the brim to go with just two spokes, both of which have a pair of touch-sensitive thumb buttons. A chrome insert that encompasses the brim of the steering wheel offers up a delicate touch and a place for Hybrid Kinetics’ lettering down below.

The steering wheel itself is a flat-bottom unit that appears to have a perforated leather insert on the inside of the brim to go with just two spokes, both of which have a pair of touch-sensitive thumb buttons.

Ahead of the steering wheel sits a digital instrument cluster that provides most important data about the car. To the left is what appears to be a battery range indicator (currently at 82 percent in the one photo we have.) Above that sits a small rectangular picture of what I can only assume to be a view of the forward-facing camera. A digital speedometer sits in the middle and above what looks to be a smaller display of the navigation system and navigation pointer. To the right of the cluster sits another display that we can only partially make out but may display time and distance to next location or provide information regarding any autonomous drive system that may be in play here.

Finally, the center console and stack appears to be graced by a massive, tablet-like display that display’s the model name and navigation screen up top and looks to offer HVAC and other function controls down below. It is accented by an analog clock mounted at the very top of the dash. Outside of these few things, we can see that the door skins have a decent helping of leather, while some ash-colored wood also graces the interior. Expect the seats to be sporty and supportive, and to offer up heating and ventilation functions to go with a massage function. The audio system should be on point, and I would expect that absolute best in smartphone and infrastructure connectivity, among other things.

Drivetrain

The one thing we know absolutely nothing about is what will motivate Pininfarina’s latest. Considering it has been built for Hybrid Kinetic Group, it’s safe to assume that there’s some kind of hybrid drivetrain lurking under the metal. Plus, the one interior shot we’ve seen shows what appears to be a battery range indicator, so it’s fairly safe to say there is a battery pack and electric motor stashed away under there somewhere.

Considering it has been built for Hybrid Kinetic Group, it’s safe to assume that there’s some kind of hybrid drivetrain lurking under the metal.

As for power output, and performance, your guess is as good as ours, but the chances are that something with the Pininfarina name on it will not disappoint in this department either. If I had to guess, I would say to expect some kind of four-cylinder combustion engine that, at the very least, will be used as a generator to supplement all-electric range. But, until it shows up in Geneva, we’ll just have to keep on guessing.

Conclusion

Pininfarina H600

I always hate getting teaser images of cars like this, especially when you know a brand like Pininfarina has its hands all over the project. It’s surely going to offer up a splendid design inside and out , and seeing just minor details like this makes it almost painful to have to wait to see the full design. Either way, Pininfarina has put in the work, so it’s sure to grab some attention at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Until then, stay tuned for any updates, and check back after the show kicks off to see even more photos and details of Pininfarina’s latest.

LOVE IT
  • Pininfarina design
  • Sporty and succulent
  • Technologically advanced
LEAVE IT
  • Not likely to see production anytime soon
  • Production model would probably be expensive
  • No telling what motivates the beast

Press Release

The H600, the unprecedented eco-sustainable new energy concept car born of a joint effort between Hybrid Kinetic Group and Pininfarina, makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2017.

The luxury sports sedan is one of the innovative archetypes created by Pininfarina, where the design house’s most authentic design themes find their fullest expression. These themes can also be appreciated in the H600: harmonious proportions, taut lines, flowing surfaces and a clear-cut stripe that runs along the entire length of the sides and exalts the dynamic stance of the vehicle. Undivided attention to detail.

Perfect synergy in concept design brings out the best in Pininfarina and HK. Pininfarina met HK’s expectations in terms of brand identity and trends in sensory experience, while HK developed its own eco-sustainable powertrain system requiring no external charging facilities to achieve energy economy without forcing customers to change their driving habits or worry about finding the next charging station. The H600 is the perfect solution to today’s’ sustainable mobility imperatives, displaying a formal balance between elegance and up-to-the-minute aesthetics embodying the concepts of luxury and exclusivity.

Two were the keywords that inspired the design process: luxury and internationality. The H600 targets the businessman who appreciates refined details, precious materials and exclusive treatments, who takes pleasure in perfection and elegance. The international and cosmopolitan approach expresses values approved of in Hong Kong as they are in Shanghai, New York or Milan.

The formal language that defines the H600 is pure, fluid, sensual and gentle, in short, definitely Pininfarina. Characterizing elements include soft, evolutive surfaces and a few dynamic, expressive lines that underscore the assertive, valiant personality of the car. The marks on the warm grey metallic body emphasize the variegated reflections of the light and call attention to a number of details, like jeweled insets, such as the polished aluminum inserts arranged in a line that starts at the bonnet, runs along the waistline and embraces the rear section, reflecting the degree of finish typically associated with premium segment cars. The rear lights compose a luminous stripe radiating progressively from the logo towards the exterior.

The glazed surface of the roof has been designed with a view to ensuring the ideal balance between the need to protect the occupants and the possibility of letting in the light and seeing outside. At night, the window becomes a luminous porthole supplying artificial light to the cockpit. This is yet another key element that will characterize all the vehicles in the range.

The interior of the H600 follows the layout of a lounge, an open space that ensures maximum comfort for the rear seat passengers thanks to a higher degree of spaciousness and habitability than is normally found in this segment. The surfaces are covered with noble materials such as natural leather having haute couture formal quality and finishes, with copper colored seams contrasting with the cocoa brown upholstery. Extensive use of veneered wood on the seat shells and the floor, with an artful use of the wood grain, harks back to the tradition of cabinet-making. For an even more exclusive interior, a clock is set in the center control panel, right under the central lid. This is another element to be present throughout the range. Ambient lights take the form of white luminous bands that fill the interior with a suffused light, creating a natural and pleasing atmosphere and a sensation of psychological well-being.

The design maximizes the simplicity of the controls. The Human Machine Interface elements inside the car work at different levels, with a big screen that cuts across the facia and calls to mind a suspended cabinet. Thus, the various zones are well identified: the driver side with controls and gauges, and, on the passenger side, a comfortable zone for the passenger with the infotainment system. In the center, a large touch pad makes it possible to control all vehicle functions. Two screens on the back of the front seats ensure entertainment for the rear seat passengers.

The next-gen HK powertrain technology, comprising battery, electric motors, electrical controller and range extender, is the other key feature making H600 stand out among its competitors. Range limitation is no longer a problem thanks to the golden combination of the HK micro turbine generator range extender and HK super battery, empowering the H600 with ultra-mileage and a long driving range.

The HK micro turbine generator range extender can provide electric power for the motor and the battery anytime, anywhere, and with no need for charging pits and social grids. Unlike traditional new energy vehicles, the H600 is also equipped with an energy recycling system that can greatly improve energy efficiency and contribute to the mission of sustainable development.

The H600, a product that pioneers in technology and marketing, opens up a new horizon and infinite prospects for the booming new energy vehicle industry.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Maximum length: ………………………………………………….… 5200 mm
Maximum width: ………………………………………….………….. 2000 mm
Maximum height: …………………………………………………… .. 1494 mm
Luggage compartment: ………………………………………………. 500 Litres
Drivetrain configuration:……………………………. All Wheel Torque Vectoring
Powertrain: independent permanent magnet motors with gear box, microturbine range-extender
Package: ……………………………………………………………… 4 doors, 4/5 seats
Chassis: …………………………………….. ……………………….. Aluminium
Empty weight: ………………………………………………………….. 1870 kg
Top speed: …………………………….………………………………. 250 km/h
0 - 100 km/h acceleration: …………………………………………….. 2.9 sec
Maximum power delivery of electric motors: ………………………… Over 600 kW
Range in NEDC mixed cycle – extended range mode: ………..... Over 1000 Km
Weight distribution: …………………………………………………. Front52%/Rear48%
Turning circle …………………………………………………………… 6.1 m



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