The feature you never knew you wanted: Chinese SUV includes karaoke system


Not even the Partridge Family can top this for family sing-a-long roadtrip hell.

James Ward

Some features designed for international markets just don’t work here – and this karaoke system offered by a Chinese car company is one of them.

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) brand Weltmeister (German for ‘World Champion’) is offering buyers of its mid-size W6 SUV a complimentary three-month subscription to the Thunderstone Karaoke streaming service for in-car use.

Further, there’s an offer to purchase a specific microphone to use in the car for a discounted rate of 388 yuan ($AU84). That’s 2000 hours of sing-a-long music in your car. Two. Thousand. Hours.

The Weltmeister W6 offers a 160kW/225Nm electric motor with a claimed 520km range and a 3.3kW port for vehicle-to-load (or vehicle-to-grid) output, allowing the car’s battery to power small electrical devices, or return energy to the grid.

As well as karaoke, the infotainment system offers a voice-activated virtual assistant, is able to synchronise information between the car and a user’s phone, as well as offering a user-programmable interface for added customisation.

To enjoy your road-trip renditions of My Way and Wonderwall is a 10-speaker 3D surround sound system, which when in karaoke mode will even use the car’s interior ambient lighting to boost the party atmosphere.

Like most domestic-market EVs from China, there is very little chance we’ll see the W6 and its mobile karaoke function in Australia. And with that, you’ll hear another sound: a collective sigh of relief from every Australian parent.

James Ward

James has been part of the digital publishing landscape in Australia since 2002 and has worked within the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW and then returned at the end of 2019 to spearhead the content direction of Drive.

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