Xpeng Motors is operating at maximum capacity throughout the development of its new all-electric SUV. On the open road, the long-awaited Xpeng G9 has been discovered. Unexpected sighting in Spain. The fledgling Chinese firm will launch a worldwide product blitz. The new G9 is one of the company’s next releases in Europe.
Xpeng Motors, a Chinese company specializing in all-electric vehicles, has started an aggressive product assault in an attempt to become a truly worldwide brand. The new Xpeng P5 is poised to launch an attack on European soil. However, as this model nears completion, the company’s primary emphasis is on finishing the development process for their new SUV, the Xpeng G9.
The new Xpeng electric SUV made its public premiere at the end of last year at the Guangzhou Motor Show. A substantial SUV is expected to play a pivotal part in the brand’s destiny. Surprisingly, the G9 has been photographed during a thorough testing session. That is correct; its development is not yet complete. What’s more, the sighting occurred in Spain.
While cruising on Spanish highways, a prototype of the new Xpeng SUV was pursued in plain daylight. Despite the manufacturer’s extensive use of concealment, there is little space for dispute. We are now confronted with the new G9. Additionally, the optical groups are virtually exposed, and the lateral profile is unmistakably identifiable. This sighting exemplifies the primary aim of why this model was created.
Xpeng made it quite apparent at the 2018 G9’s China debut that we were dealing with a worldwide car. An SUV that has been created with the Chinese public’s needs in mind. That is why, in some ways, the discovery of a test unit so far away from the brand’s home nation should come as no surprise. Eventually, the G9 will make its way to Europe.
The production version of the G9 will be unveiled this year and, a priori will include no exterior alterations. However, it is possible that the corporation will opt to modify the technical equipment or propulsion system. It is underpinned by the Edward platform, a specific architecture for big electric vehicles. And, despite its size, Xpeng’s current plans do not involve the sale of six- or seven-seat variants. It will be offered in a five-seat configuration.
Xpeng has not made many specifics regarding the G9’s powertrain public. What has been verified is that it will be the first Chinese mass-production vehicle to be built on the 800-volt SiC platform. The batteries will be protected to IP68 standards and will power the XPower 3.0 energy system. This technology enables the vehicle to achieve a range of up to 200 kilometers in only five minutes of charging.
The battery will have a capacity of around 100 kWh and its primary purpose will be to power two motors, one for each axle. As a result, the new G9 will be equipped with an all-wheel drive. The power output will considerably surpass the 400 hp threshold, and the range will likely exceed 500 kilometers.
When will the new Xpeng G9 be available?
When will it be available? The G9 was originally expected to make its public debut at the 2022 Beijing Motor Show. However, owing to a widespread coronavirus epidemic, this event has been postponed. The corporation said in a statement, “see you in June,” implying a summer launch. The order book was intended to open concurrently with the event’s run in Shanghai, but it’s unclear what will happen now.
In any event, Chinese deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of this year. We will have to wait until 2023 to see it in Europe. And, although the price on the Chinese market is unclear, numerous local media outlets believe that it will be less than the €40,000 barrier when discounts and subsidies are applied. The Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y will be among their primary rivals.
The new Xpeng G9 has an innovative front fascia that gives it a sleek appearance. It is distinguished by the presence of two LiDAR sensors situated under the headlights, as well as 21-inch aerodynamic wheels and a panoramic top.
At the back, the vehicle’s bodywork is streamlined, with recessed door handles and a new accentuated shoulder line. Additionally, it has black window surrounds that stretch all the way to the back pillar.
At the back, it boasts a curved area with a slender LED light bar that continues the vehicle’s unique and elegant look. Additionally, it has a gloss-black spoiler and bumper.
It’s worth noting that the SUV is built on a new generation platform dubbed ‘X-EEA 3.0’; this platform enables the SUV to deliver cutting-edge technology, as well as significant connectivity and continuous software updates through OTA.
This is the brand’s first vehicle to include the XPILOT 4.0 semi-autonomous driving technology. Similarly, it has an eight million-pixel front binocular camera and 2.9 million-pixel side cameras, which enable improved driving in any conditions, from start to finish.
Although the manufacturer remained coy about the details, it acknowledged that the SUV is equipped with the new XPower 3.0 electric powertrain, which has 800 V technology and a five-minute charge that provides up to 200 kilometers of range.
XPeng is developing the most intriguing models in terms of technology and value for money, such as the XPeng P5 and P7, which, on paper, have the potential to cause significant harm to companies like Tesla.
And now, after the introduction of these two sedans, it is time for a huge SUV to be unveiled at the Guangzhou International Motor Show as the Chinese brand’s new flagship. It’s called the XPeng G9, and it was built from the start to fulfill the highest requirements of countries such as Europe in terms of technology, design, and safety, while also demonstrating to these new markets what this Asian brand is capable of. make. Indeed, one indication of this dedication to establishing a “global model” is the fact that it complies with the renowned Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating system.
A magnificently clever colossus
On an aesthetic level, the G9 carries over the house’s modern design language from other models such as the P7 to a large SUV format that, like its brothers, features technology revealing the two LiDAR sensors located beneath the headlights, as well as aerodynamic wheels and a panoramic roof, while the rear features a fine LED line that gives it a more modern look.
The G9’s exterior conceals a new generation architecture dubbed X-EEA 3.0, which serves as a foundation for delivering cutting-edge technologies, increased connection, and continuous OTA updates. A foundation accompanied by the XPILOT 4.0 system, the company’s latest version of its semi-autonomous driving system, which will work in conjunction with the aforementioned LiDAR sensors, a front binocular camera with 8 million pixels and side cameras with 2.9 million pixels to enable advanced driving in any situation, from start to stop.
At the moment, XPeng has not revealed details about the interior, which we expect to be spacious with seating for up to seven occupants, or the 100 percent electric powertrain figures, but we do know that the XPower 3.0 will use 800 V technology and will allow for a quick charge of just five minutes to recover 200 kilometers of autonomy.
We’ll be on the lookout for further facts regarding a model that comes with the intention of conquering other markets, such as Europe, but XPeng hasn’t provided much data about prospective release dates.
Xpeng Motors has emerged as one of the most promising pupils among the large list of Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers aspiring to imitate Tesla’s success in recent years. This has been proved since the launch of the Xpeng P7, a beautiful electric vehicle that resembled the Model S but also intended to compete with the Model 3.
However, it was at the recent Shanghai Motor Show that we met his younger brother, an Xpeng P5 that resembles the Tesla Model 3 in look and threatens to even exceed it in terms of proportions and, more importantly, technical capability. After establishing a presence in its native market of China for some time, the Xpeng P5 now enters the European market, adding another dimension of intrigue to the electric battle.
The Xpeng P5’s general qualities
To put this new P5 in perspective, its length is 4,808 mm and its wheelbase is 2,768 mm, making it somewhat longer than a Model 3, but with a shorter wheelbase. At the design level, it is similar to the Xpeng P7, but with some differences, such as new LED optics that are enlarged in the corners and, in general, a taller body than its older brother, both in terms of ground clearance and roof height, giving it the appearance of a sedan with a coupe line and a crossover.
This additional volume translates into a spacious and well-cared-for interior that is also equipped with cutting-edge technology, including digital instrumentation, a large 15.6-inch vertical-format central screen, and apparently high-quality finishes that combine leather, and shiny black moldings, and metallic details. Additionally, there is space for an onboard chiller or fragrance dispenser. The Xmart 3.0 system, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, is at the core of the infotainment experience.
Apart from these standard features, the primary distinction between this model and other electric vehicles in its class is in its technological arsenal, where the addition of LiDAR technology stands out above all else, making it, as the brand puts it, the “first world’s smart production electric vehicle equipped with LiDAR technology automotive grade.”
The P5 is equipped with two dual-prism LiDAR sensors located where a car’s air intakes would normally be, which enable it to distinguish between various elements such as “pedestrians, cyclists, and scooters, static obstacles, and road works, in challenging scenarios such as low-light and night conditions, backlighting, and alternating light and dark lighting in tunnels.”
Apart from the LiDAR technology, it contains additional 12 ultrasonic sensors, 5-millimeter wave sensors, and 12 high-resolution cameras to attain this level of intelligence and autonomy. All of this enables the Xpeng P5 to be driven semi-autonomously using the new XPILOT 3.5 system under even the most difficult road conditions, and it even seems to be capable of operating on city streets.
The Xpeng P5’s technical specs
In the mechanical section, one of the last unknowns to be resolved, we find a plethora of versions with the names 460G, 460E, 550G, 550E, 550P, and 600P, which indicate on the one hand the range of WLTP autonomy, which as we see offers between 460 and 600 kilometers -the batteries being 55.9, 66.2, and 71.4 kWh-, and on the other hand the level of assistance, with the G being the most basic
Much simpler to determine is the amount of power and torque since they are the same regardless of the version, 208 horsepower and 310 Nm of maximum torque from a single electric motor.
With these components, the Xpeng P5 is already available in China, with prices ranging from 20,800 euros at today’s exchange rate to 29,500 euros for the most expensive version.
For its European debut, it is now available for booking in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands, the nations that will host the first commercial stage of this Chinese electric, which will be priced differently in each country for its intermediate form with a 66 kWh battery.
These are the prices in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands: €52,420 in Denmark, €53,435 in Sweden, €39,375 in Norway, and €48,000 in the Netherlands. The first deliveries will begin in late 2022.
The distance between Guangzhou and Beijing in China is more than 3,600 kilometers. The same distance that the XPeng P7 has driven autonomously with little human involvement, a record for the longest autonomous driving journeys that the Chinese brand and its promising electric car currently claim, dubbed as We already know how to compare Tesla models face to face.
There is less than one intervention per 100 kilometers.
The team traveled a total of 3,600 kilometers between the two cities, but the true test was the nearly 3,000 kilometers (2,930 kilometers to be precise) that the Xpeng P7 traveled under the control of the NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot) system, requiring only 0.71 human interventions per 100 kilometers, an average that puts it ahead of the competition and confirms it as the longest autonomous drive in a production car.
Xpeng notes that when this NGP is used, a rate of 94.41 percent of successful overtaking and lane changes on the road is attained throughout the eight-hour journey and test, while the success rate for inputs, exits, and entries to the race is 92.76 percent and 94.95 percent when entering tunnels.
The trip was undertaken in a fleet of between 12 and 15 P7s, depending on the day, and was joined by a total of 228 motor journalists, as well as electric vehicle specialists and enthusiasts, who came to visit ten cities in China throughout their journey along the coast.
Asian Giant, is ideal for identifying the most challenging and typical road conditions in the nation and seeing how the XPeng autonomous driving system responds to them, especially in wet circumstances or on mountain routes.
Xpeng envisions a hovering car.
The NGP, which the company describes as “the most advanced autonomous driving system for a production vehicle in China,” accomplishes this feat through the use of a total of 14 cameras, 5mm-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, high-definition geographic positioning, and the NVIDIA Xavier computing platform and Bosch iBooster brake systems.
All of this is contained in an XPeng P7 that is also unique in that it is the first production vehicle equipped with a 360-degree dual camera and a radar perception system, making it one of the safest vehicles in its class.