Two years after the debut of the, Sony says it's serious about building cars. At on Tuesday, the company announced a new division -- Sony Mobility -- as well as a new electric SUV concept, the Vision-S 02.
The Vision-S 02 builds on the lessons learned from the Vision-S 01 sedan, which Sony actually. Its swoopy, compact shape is reminiscent of the , and at 192.7 inches long, 76 inches wide and 65 inches tall, the Vision-S SUV is roughly the same size.
Sony says the Vision-S 02 is powered by a pair of electric motors, each producing 200 kilowatts, or about 268 horsepower apiece. The SUV rides on 20-inch wheels and is said to weigh 5,467 pounds. As for the battery size or the estimated range, those figures are TBD.
Inside, Sony says the Vision-S SUV can support four- or seven-passenger seating arrangements. The latter swaps out the rear captain's chairs for a three-across setup with an additional two seats in the way-back. Given the compact size, we can't imagine that third row will be in any way comfortable, but then again, this is just a concept. The Vision-S 02 SUV has the same full-width display we first saw in the Vision-S 01 sedan, with three screens integrated into the single housing. Rear-seat passengers get a pair of multimedia displays, as well.
When Sony unveiled the Vision-S 01 at CES 2020, the company said it was working with Magna-Steyr in Austria to make sure the sedan was properly roadworthy. Will Magna be involved with the new Sony Mobility division? That part is unclear. All we know is, a Sony car might be hitting the road sooner than we initially thought.