After the P7, already sold in Europe, Xpeng today unveils its new electric SUV called G9. Equipped with an 800 volt system, it only requires 15 minutes of recharging to fill its battery with fast charging.
Founded in 2014, like its rival Nio, the Chinese brand Xpeng currently markets three models, namely the G3, P5 and P7. These are also the first models of the manufacturer to be sold in Europe, whilethey have already been available in Norway for some time. But now another vehicle has just been officially unveiled by the manufacturer. Like the G3, it is an SUV, this time called G9, which will play the role of standard bearer for the brand.
Displaying a length of 4.90 meters for 1.94 wide and 1.68 meters high
, this newcomer to the range is a beautiful baby, located between the Tesla Model Y and Model X in terms of dimensions. Displaying a refined style in line with the other models in the catalogue, it offers very fine LED optics, as well as a full grille framed by large air intakes, while an imposing shield completes the whole.
The rear part is massive and dressed in a wide light band stretching to the sides. Designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, the new G9 also benefits from handles integrated into the bodywork. A solution adopted by many brands, such as Mercedes with its EQS, among others.
A spacious and technological interior
On board, the presentation is very modern, while the electric SUV is equipped with a huge 14.96-inch digital panel. It is notably equipped with the Unity3D system developed by the brand, displaying the environment around the car in three dimensions and in high resolution, in order to facilitate maneuvers, as the brand explains in its press release. The vehicle is also equipped with a virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence, capable of controlling more than 600 functions.
But that’s not all, because the five occupants that the electric SUV can accommodate also benefit from the Xopera system, including no less than 18 speakers. This device also offers an immersive atmosphere to the passengers, in particular by varying the ambient lighting, the temperature or even by diffusing perfume.
A 220V outlet providing up to 2200 watts of power is also included, making it possible to supply various electrical objects thanks to the V2L system, also called bidirectional charging. The boot volume fluctuates between 660 and 1,576 liters when the rear seat is folded down. The front seats can also be added to create even more space.
Advanced autonomous driving
This new Xpeng G9 is also the brand’s second vehicle after the P5 to be equipped with autonomous driving technology called NGP (City Navigation Guided Pilot). Rivaling Tesla’s FSD system, the Chinese brand’s system is currently being tested and can be used in urban areas.
Operating thanks to a LiDAR (like the future Volvo EX90), it can also be used on the highway and support overtaking and manage the distance with other cars. He can choose the most suitable lane and adjust the speed of the vehicle according to the situation. If this autonomous driving system will not be available before 2023, the SUV can be equipped with it via a remote OTA update.
But one of the specificities of this new Xpeng G9 is its record charging time, while the brand claims thatit is the fastest charging electric car on the market. Depending on the version, the SUV is equipped with batteries supplied by EVE, CALB and CATL, while it offers an 800-volt architecture, like the Kia EV6 or the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
According to Xpeng, the highest-end version, 4C, can recover up to 200 CLTC kilometers in five minutes and go from 10 to 80% in just 15 minutes on the 480 kW S4 terminals recently unveiled by the brand. The 3C variation performs the same exercise in 20 minutes. The SUV then displays a range of between 570 and 702 kilometers according to the Chinese CLTC cycle, more optimistic than our European WLTP.
In total, no less than six versions will be offered in the range of the new Xpeng G9, with two- or four-wheel-drive variants. While all have a maximum speed of 200 km/h, performance varies greatly. The 570G, 570E and 570E rear-wheel-drive versions achieve 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, while the 650E, 650X and 650X Launch Edition versions only take 3.9 seconds to perform the same exercise. For comparison, the Tesla Model Y Performance takes 3.7 seconds.
What price and launch date for the Xpeng G9?
The first deliveries of the Xpeng G9 are scheduled for October in China
. No date has yet been announced for Europe, while Brand President Brian Gu pointed out to Electrek that the Chinese market was the priority for now in order to satisfy all customers. From next year, production should reach 10,000 units per month.
The firm is considering a launch in Europe, probably starting with Norway. The electric SUV starts from 309,900 yuan, or the equivalent of 44,369 euros according to the current exchange rate. The most efficient version is displayed from 469,900 Yuans, or around 67,277 euros.