Geely claim that the new prototype has been developed from scratch, however some styling cues were taken from the iconic London cab which is evident when one looks at the car. Despite it being instantly recognizable as a close cousin to the London cab, the new taxi has been designed with features that fit the requirement of modern travelers and comply with government restrictions. The TX5 has been designed from the ground up.
Moreover, there is space for a forward facing wheelchair making it easier for senior citizens and differently-abled people. Additional features of the prototype include a panoramic glass roof, Wi-Fi internet capability and charging points for drivers and passengers. The TX5 is a six seater which is an upgrade from the standard taxi.
As reported by IndianCarsandBikes, the Tx5 is, in essence, a hybrid vehicle powered by an electric motor. The batteries are also equipped by a range extender to reduce range anxiety and improve reliability.
The TX5 prototype taxi was unveiled in the presence of the Duke of Cambridge, Duchess of Cambridge and the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a four-day visit to the UK. The taxi will go on sale at the end of 2017 and will be exported to the international market by 2018.