The new London Taxi Company (LTC) TX5, which was presented outside Lancaster House during the four-day UK state visit by China’s President Xi Jinping, is a refreshingly traditional-looking new black cab. It has been developed by parent company Geely, and is an all-new design.
It was styled at Geely’s design studio in Barcelona by Peter Horbury, David Ancona and their team, and uses composite body panels over an aluminium structure. It is an efficient design, with low kerb weight being a priority in order to keep down running costs. It will go head-to-head with the latest Metrocab tested by AROnline in 2014, and will be powered by a similar battery electric powertrain with a range-extending internal-combustion engine – although details of the new TX5’s drivetrain are yet to be revealed.
The rear doors are rear-hinged, and six passengers can be carried in the rear. Fare payers will be treated to 21st-Century conveniences, such as on-board Wi-Fi, USB charge points and an all-glass panoramic roof. The driver’s compartment is improved as well: it’s bigger, brighter and blessed with improved ergonomics – often overlooked in the pursuit of the maximum passenger space.
The TX5 will go on sale in 2017, and further details will be announced nearer the time.