New XPeng G9 electric SUV: prices, specs and range
Chinese flagship electric SUV offers over 350 miles of range and is due to land in the UK by 2025
Chinese carmaker XPeng has announced European prices and specifications for its new flagship electric SUV, with the XPeng G9 expected to arrive in the UK by 2025.
The G9 measures 4.8 metres long – slightly longer than potential rivals like the Tesla Model Y and BMW iX3 – and has a nearly three-metre-long wheelbase that tops both of those cars. It sits on the same underpinnings as the XPeng’s P7 saloon, but gets updated electrics for faster charging.
Buyers get a choice of three configurations. The entry-level, Standard Range model has a single rear-mounted motor powered by a roughly 75kWh usable battery; enough, XPeng claims, for a WLTP range of up to 286 miles. While, thanks to a power output of 308bhp and 430Nm of torque, 0-62mph takes 6.4 seconds in the 2.2-tonne SUV. This version can also charge at up to 260kW – more than twice as fast as a Mercedes EQC.
The next two G9 models use a larger battery with a usable capacity of 93kWh. The rear-drive version has the same 308bhp motor as the standard-range version, but can travel up to 354 miles on a full battery. When you need to top-up, the long-range G9 boasts a maximum charging speed of 300kW, so if you can find a 350kW ultra-rapid charger XPeng says you could add 60 miles of range in five minutes, or go from 10-80% capacity in as little as 20 minutes.
Finally, the range-topping G9 AWD Performance pairs the same 93kWh usable battery and 300kW maximum charging rate with two electric motors – one on the front axle, one at the rear – for all-wheel drive and 543bhp and 717Nm on tap. 0-62mph in this version takes 3.9 seconds, while range is reduced slightly to 323 miles.
Inside, there’s a minimalist dashboard featuring a trio of screens, including a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, plus two 14.96-inch infotainment displays. The central panel is always visible for all occupants, but the front passenger’s screen uses filtering technology to stay dimmed to the driver. XPeng says this means the front passenger can watch media and play games while the vehicle is on the move.
There’s also wireless phone charging and a 28-speaker, 2,250W sound system. XPeng says the G9 has been built to score five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing, and there’s a whole host of driver assistance features courtesy of LiDAR sensors and myriad cameras.
The G9 might be XPeng’s biggest car, but it’s only a five-seater. This does create a large boot though; at 660 litres, it’s nearly 200 litres larger than the one in the Nissan Ariya. Fold the rear seats down and get up to 1,576 litres of space to play with.
The G9 is being launched across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands to begin with. Prices in the Netherlands start at €57,990, or just over £51,500, at the current exchange rate, rising to €71,990 euros (£64,000) for the AWD range-topper. A full-length panoramic glass roof, heat pump, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and soft-close doors are all standard across the G9 range.
XPeng hasn’t announced when a right-hand-drive G9 will launch for the UK and other markets, only saying that the UK is a “major market that is on the radar”. We expect the firm to focus on its initial EU launch for the next year to so, leading to believe order books for British customers won’t begin until 2024 at the earliest.
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