During the 2014 Geneva auto show, Italdesign Giugiaro has presented its most recent concept – a versatile and sporty MPV, but with an unusually uninspiring design.
We are certainly hoping the Italian design house will not succumb to Volkswagen’s usual design killing after it was taken under the German company’s patronage, but we do reckon that judging solely on the Clipper concept, things don’t look too well.
The Clipper has interesting technical capabilities at least – while it’s actually sitting on the very global and multifunctional VW MQB platform. Featuring a pillarless design for easy access to the cabin, the front doors open butterfly style and the rear ones in a gull-wing fashion.
The cabin has three rows of seats and is purposely very high-tech – it’s garnished with touchscreen displays – the most prominent being the 11-inch touchscreen display set on an electronically adjustable center console and the four iPad minis which are housed by the headrests of the first two rows.
Two electric motors of 149 hp (110 kW) give a combined all-wheel drive output of 220 kW, with the 1,800 kg concept reaching a top speed of 204 km/h, while its range is quite big, at up to 540 km.