lElectrification can create new businesses or encourage other companies from a different sector to create their own vehicles. Thus, Tesla or Rivian were born, Apple has long dreamed of developing a car and Sony also joins this group: The Japanese technology company is studying with great interest to venture into the auto industry and is doubling the stakes, this time with the Sony Vision-S 02, an electric SUV just presented at CES 2022.
Sony Vision-S 02 Review and Features
Of course, there’s no better place than the tech show for its debut, where cars are gaining prominence and will see proposals from BMW, GM and Stellantis, among other companies also attending the Las Vegas show. vegas. The Sony Vision-S 02 is, as the name implies, the second vehicle presented by the brand new Sony Mobility division. If the previous Vision-S 01, a sports saloon, pointed directly to the Tesla Model S, the 02 is an SUV that could compete with the Model X, sharing practically the same concept and several of its characteristics.
The design is pleasant and very modern, with a clear family resemblance to the Vision-S 01, but in this case adapted to the size of an SUV with a coupé look: greater height, free space and a rounded rear trim. In his figure, his flowing lines stand out, interrupted only by a few straight lines that give him more aggressiveness and dynamism.
Interior doors, how could it be otherwise, wastes technology and sophistication. Everything is controlled via three huge screens that stretch across the board. An additional display for the climate control is located under the center console. The only physical controls are on the steering wheel and on the steering column. In the rear seat are two screens for the infotainment system plus a small display in the central tunnel for air conditioning and time. The white trim provides more light in a cabin that stands out for its space and capacity for 7 passengers. The dimensions of the Sony Vision-S 02 are quite generous: 4,895 mm long, 1,930 mm wide, 1,650 mm high and a wheelbase of 3,030 mm.
Mechanically, only a few details are known at the moment: the SUV has two electric motors, one on each axle, so four-wheel drive. Each develops 272 hp (200 kW) and can reach a maximum speed (limited) of over 180 km/h. Sony has not disclosed more details about the batteries, the charging system and their autonomy.
Will it be on the street? It’s still unknown, but given that it’s the second prototype to be presented by Sony Mobility – a division set to launch in mid-year – there’s a good chance the company will make the final leap.