Video test – Leapmotor T03: at €19,990, Chinese electric cut price?

In quick

100% electric mini-metropolis automotive

41.3 kWh battery

Autonomy 280 km

Price €25,990 (€19,990 with bonus)

Lipmotor, does it imply something to you? It’s completely regular. This new, Chinese model is now unknown to most people in France, maybe to the 400,000 guests at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, the place it had a small stand.

But, like others (BYD, Ora, Geely, Link & Co, and so forth.), it goals to land a household SUV (C11) on the French market earlier than the tip of the yr, however a number of fashions, together with the T03. , a 100% electric mini-metropolis automotive, which we’re testing right this moment.

Video test – Leapmotor T03: at €19,990, Chinese electric cut price?

With its 2.62 m lengthy, 1.65 m large and 1.58 m excessive, it typically takes as much as centimeters the scale of Renault Twingo e-Tech, which Dacia Spring and Volkswagen e-Up! Along with this might be one of many principal ones. opponents

But at €25,990 (single end) or showing at nearly the identical worth because the Volkswagen and even €1,950 dearer than the French, and €5,190 greater than the Romanian, can it already assert itself as a cut price, what the Chinese automotive goals to be?

One would possibly doubt. Other than that the T03 has some logic up its sleeve, we’ll get again to that.

The T03 is 3.62 meters long, the exact length of a Twingo.  Its profile resembles the rest of the Smart Four Four.
The T03 is 3.62 meters lengthy, the precise size of a Twingo. Its profile resembles the remainder of the Smart Four Four.
No worries at the back with LED lights attached by a black headband  But it's not ugly.
No worries at the again with LED lights hooked up by a black headband But it is not ugly.

Aesthetically, the T03 would not revolutionize the style. Strictly talking, it is not ugly, it is even fairly nice with a entrance face with thick optics, which obtain an LED mild signature of their decrease semi-circle. Its grill is full, and features a charging socket. Its profile is stocky, and the uncooked plastic fenders and underneath-doorways defend, with out giving it an adventurous air.

At the again, the LED lights are additionally related by a black band. And we discover a small smallness of the gear: the absence of a windscreen wiper, which might be very helpful, nonetheless, as a result of slight inclination of the bezel.

In any case, stepping again, we nonetheless discover a powerful stylistic inspiration for this T03 alongside the good fourfour.

Video test - Leapmotor T03: at €19,990, Chinese electric bargain?
Video test - Leapmotor T03: at €19,990, Chinese electric bargain?

Smart Fourfour, Lipmotor T03, similar inspiration? We can suppose so…

A quiet however effectively-completed inside for the division

The passenger compartment offers a quiet and dark environment and hard plastics like all competitors.  But the assemblies are good and visually, it looks good.  The multimedia screen is located a little lower, and forces you to take your eyes off the road.
The passenger compartment gives a quiet and darkish surroundings and arduous plastics like all opponents. But the assemblies are good and visually, it appears good. The multimedia display is positioned a bit decrease, and forces you to take your eyes off the highway.

In the cabin, we uncover a quiet, darkish, in the end fairly Germanic ambiance. Some lacquered black veneer ups the worth a bit, however the plastics all through the cabin are all stable. On the opposite hand, they current visually effectively and assemblies are notably tight. nothing strikes And at this degree, these Chinese don’t have anything to envy European fashions, Twingo or E-Up, when it does significantly better than Dacia Spring. That mentioned, it is unlikely to justify the asking worth, which is way extra European than Chinese.

The rear seats provide an area commensurate with the automotive’s measurement. Correct place for knees and head. Only the width is a bit restricted, however it’s equal to 4 locations, it passes. Trunk quantity, him, and fairly common. With 210 litres, it does much less effectively than the Twingo (between 190 and 219 litres, relying on seat orientation), however the Spring (290 litres) or the Volkswagen (251 litres). The seat is foldable, however in a single piece, which is impractical, and the ground is not fairly… flat. Maximum quantity with seats folded down shouldn’t be specified.

The rear seats are correct in terms of knee and head space compared to size.
The rear seats are right when it comes to knee and head area in comparison with measurement.
The trunk cube is 210 liters, which is average.  The seat folds, but in one piece, like a spring.
The trunk dice is 210 liters, which is common. The seat folds, however in a single piece, like a spring.

What helps the worth is the additional options of the technical sheet, which we at the moment are going to develop, and the instruments (see the devoted web page).

On paper, excessive-finish technical specs

Thus, the T03 gives far more on paper than its smaller highway mates. Indeed, whereas the electric Twingo delivers 81 hp and a 22 kWh battery, whereas an e-up! Displaying 83 hp and 32.3 kWh, whereas a spring even solely shows 44 hp, and a 27.4 kWh battery, the newcomer gives a minimum of 109 hp, and a battery with a stable capability of 41.3 kWh! Yes, within the division, he now holds the ability file. However, we exclude the electric Fiat 500, which may provide 42 kWh, however prices far more. In the identical worth area, it gives 23.8 kWh.

A 109 hp (80 kW) motor, a 41.3 kWh battery, 280 km range.  The T03 offers some interesting numbers on paper.
A 109 hp (80 kW) motor, a 41.3 kWh battery, 280 km vary. The T03 gives some attention-grabbing numbers on paper.

Does it additionally preserve information of autonomy? Yes, with 280km on the WLTP mixed cycle, it is the one that may go the furthest on paper. Even on the city cycle it claims 417 km.

In phrases of efficiency, 0 to 100 km/h in 12 seconds, and a high velocity of 130 km/h just like the E-Up! (It’s 135 km/h for the Renault and 125 km/h for the Dacia Spring), it seems to be fairly fast in absolute phrases, even when its energy would counsel higher. Torque is displayed at 158 ​​Nm.

The driving wheels are at the entrance and there are 4 disc brakes (which opponents principally do with out, that includes drums at the rear), whereas the suspension is MacPherson sort at the entrance and unbiased rear wheels with torsion bars.

As we mentioned, the electron tank declares 41.3 kWh, it’s a set of lithium-ion components, which will be recharged in alternating present AC with energy as much as 7 kW and in direct present DC ’45 kW most, which is a small worth for quick charging. It has its deserves, nonetheless, being provided as customary, whereas the elective quick charging on the spring (30 kW) is required to be picked up, that the E-Up! goes as much as 40 kW and the Twingo solely goes as much as 22 kW.

Recharge instances from 30% to 80%, the one figures communicated by the model, are 3h30 7kW and 36 minutes on quick cost, respectively.

Thus, the mechanical options are in a position to justify the excessive worth on the face of this T03. But on the streets, how does it look in actual life?

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