Performance isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to MPVs. When we're shopping for people carriers, we want to know how many can sit inside, not necessarily its 0 to 100 km/h time. Of course, we wouldn't mind if these family cars went a little bit faster.
However, the folks at Maxus thought of injecting some zing in the MPV. Recently, they revealed a concept that previews their future MPVs. Dubbed the MIFA concept, it shows the automaker's direction in people carriers. While it looks interesting, it packs more than enough power to out-accelerate some sports cars.
They didn't stick in a huge turbocharged engine to get results. Instead, they took the electric route, allowing them to come up with what could be the first super electric MPV. So how much power does it make? How does 680 PS and 900 Nm of torque sound to you?
With that much power coming from its dual electric motors, it has impressive headline figures. This six-seater MPV can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 3.8 seconds. For reference, it's about as fast as the Porsche Taycan 4S and just a hair slower than the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It's amusing that Maxus can come up with a concept that can go as fast as established sports cars and muscle cars, and it's in the body of an MPV.
The performance is impressive, but what about the practicality aspect? This is an MPV after all. As mentioned, it has seats for six, but not in the way you think. There is just one seat in front and it's for the driver. The spot where the passenger-side seat usually stays has been turned into a footrest. As for the other seats, the second row has a pair of “floating” chairs and the third row is a wide bench.
As for technology, Maxus says the MIFA presents its idea of an autonomous MPV. Aside from the usual self-driving features, the Chinese automaker says this vehicle has the ability to park itself once everyone has disembarked. That means you, or whoever is driving, doesn't have to wait a long time to find free space in the car park.
It's all impressive, but don't expect the production version to be exactly like this. Power could likely be de-tuned and the interior won't be as radical as this. However, this little sneak peek into the future makes the idea of an autonomous MPV a bit more interesting. Not to mention the 680 PS available on tap.