This is the Chinese concept car aiming to take on Tesla

Does it stand a chance?
by Joe Holding | Apr 22, 2016

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Last year, Jia Yueting--cofounder of the Chinese tech company called LeEco--promised to create an autonomous electric car to take on the Tesla Model S.

The announcement didn’t cause much of a stir back then, but we’re certainly paying attention now.

Revealed in the buildup to the Beijing Motor Show--where the car will be on display next week--the LeSee concept is one of the group’s many vehicular projects, which include an agreement with Aston Martin to manufacture an all-electric Rapide.

There are no confirmed details about the car just yet, although a 210kph top speed is apparently a development target.

Something we can assess is the styling. And boy, does it make an impression. Topped off with a glass roof, the four-door sedan does away with mirrors and instead uses cameras to monitor traffic approaching from behind.

Inside, there are no buttons to control any of the supposedly high-tech features, but instead there is just a touch-sensitive screen in the center of the dashboard. Bit like a Tesla, then.

Most striking though are the back ‘seats’, if indeed you can refer to them as such. Instead of resembling chairs, the, um, rear passenger area features a stepped design where occupants can recline in comfort. We suspect it will be difficult to incorporate these into an MPV.

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We’ll reserve judgment until some specs and an asking price are worked out, but if it all comes together, the LeEco LeSee might be work a second look.

Photos from LeEco

LeEco LeSee

LeEco LeSee

LeEco LeSee

LeEco LeSee

LeEco LeSee

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