Update: ‘Specifications’ and ‘Xpeng G9 release date’ sections updated.
In November 2021, Xpeng Motors announced the expansion of its product line-up with its second SUV – the Xpeng G9. Unveiled at Auto Guangzhou 2021, the G9 is the brand’s fourth model, and it is bigger and more advanced than the Xpeng G3i. Here’s everything we know about the Tesla Model Y rival that is to launch this year.
The G9 is positioned in the medium- to large-sized smart electric SUV market. It unmistakably looks like an SUV version of the Xpeng P7 sedan. At the front, it features the signature full-width, ultra-slim DRL strip on the top, separate headlights, which integrate two LiDAR sensors, a smooth mask in place of a traditional radiator grille, a mesh-pattern lower air intake, and an elegantly designed bonnet.
From the sides, the G9 has a sleek greenhouse, neatly designed door panels with smooth surfacing and flush-fit handles, and chunky five-spoke 21-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the G9 again mimics the looks of the P7, with full-width tail lamps and block-lettered ‘XPENG’ branding. However, the tail lamps look bigger on the SUV.
The Xpeng G9 is the first model to feature a new brand logo. The existing models, namely the G3i, P5, and P7, will adopt the new brand identity beginning in the year’s second half. Recently, Xpeng G9 test mules have been caught testing multiple times across Europe, where the brand plans to enter. The prototype wrapped entirely in camouflage (pictured below) was parked in Matosinhos, near Porto, Portugal.
Xpeng G9 spotted in Europe
Motor.es reported on May 2, 2022, that an Xpeng G9 prototype was testing on Spanish roads. We can confirm that the exact vehicle in Spain was also spotted in Portugal wearing the temporary registration plate. The design elements match the official images of the Xpeng G9 exactly, save for the alloy wheel design on the prototype, which looks unique. Xpeng might be completing final tests of the electric SUV, readying it for launch in Europe with minor changes.
New interior spy shots emerged on cnbeta on March 27, 2022, revealing the dashboard layout of the Xpeng G9 quite clearly. There’s a lot of digital real estate upfront: a sizeable digital cluster, a central infotainment screen, and a third screen for the co-driver. The center console houses two bottle holders and two wireless smartphone charging decks. There appears to be more storage space under the center console, USB type A and C charging ports, and a 12V power socket.
The layout of the screens is different compared to the Xpeng P7. The sedan gets dual screens upfront—one for the cluster and another for infotainment—housed in a single panel. Xpeng has gone one step ahead on the G9 by offering the third screen.
Noteworthy features include two-spoke steering with physical touch buttons, ambient lighting, and an upright windscreen. The G9 will be a 5-seater medium to large-sized SUV, He Xiaopeng, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, Xiaopeng Motors, said during the brand’s Q4 2021 earnings call. Six- or seven-seater configurations will not be available even as options.
Xpeng Motors wants to amplify its presence in China’s mid-to high-segment EV market. The Xpeng G3 is a compact SUV, while the Xpeng G9 is a mid-size SUV. The company’s ‘David’ platform allows generating EVs with wheelbases of 2,600 mm to 2,800 mm. The ‘Edward’ platform is for spacious cars with wheelbases ranging from 2,800 mm to 3,100 mm. The Xpeng G3 and Xpeng P5 sit on the David platform, while the Xpeng P7 and Xpeng G9 ride on the Edward platform.
For now, Xpeng states that the G9 boasts the company’s new-generation XPower 3.0 powertrain system with China’s first 800-volt mass-production SiC platform. The G9 has a peak DC charging power support for up to 480 kW, and charging it for just five minutes will give a range of up to 200 km. It features the X-EEA 3.0 Electronic and Electrical architecture.
Data from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has revealed the dimensions and many more specifications of the Xpeng G9. There would be at least two configurations on offer, a single-motor configuration and a dual-motor configuration. The former would have a 230 kW motor and the latter would use a combination of that 230 kW motor and a 175 kW motor, with the lower-output unit probably a front unit.
The top-end configuration should be capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under five seconds. Both the configurations MIIT has listed have a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). Expect a WLTP range of over 500 km or 311 miles.
|Aspect||Xpeng G9 Specification|
|Front Overhang||861 mm|
|Rear Overhang||1,032 mm|
|Front Track||1,656 mm|
|Rear Track||1,663 mm|
|Tire Size||255/55R19 or 255/45R21|
|Towing Capacity||1,500 kg|
|Curb Weight||2,205 or 2,225 kg (2WD)/2,335 or 2,355 kg (AWD)|
|Gross Weight||2,680 kg (2WD)/2,800 kg (AWD)|
|System Power||230 kW/175 kW + 230 kW|
|Top Speed||200 km/h (124 mph)|
According to a CnEVPost report, one of the battery packs of the G9 will consist of Sunwoda-manufactured 4C power cells. The report suggests that 4C could be short for a fast-charging time of 15 minutes. Xpeng Motors had said when it unveiled the G9 that it could accommodate a 100 kWh battery pack with a power density of 2.2 kW/kg, as per the report. Sunwoda will be the primary supplier in one of the G9 configurations, supplying more than 50% of the content, as per the report. For its part, Xpeng Motors has denied the rumors about changing its supplier.
Xpeng Motors has confirmed that it will offer the G9 features like XPILOT 4.0, 5G connectivity, firmware OTA upgrades, and 21-inch wheels. G9 is the company’s first model with XPILOT 4.0 and China’s first model implementing a Gigabit Ethernet communications architecture. XPILOT 4.0 will enable full-scenario-assisted driving from vehicle start-up to parking. Thanks to the Gigabit Ethernet communications architecture, a firmware OTA upgrade will take as little as just half an hour.
For the Xpeng P5, Xpeng Motors sources the LiDAR from Da Jiang Innovations, a Chinese company globally acclaimed for drones and widely known simply as DJI. Xiaopeng suggested during the Q1 2021 earnings conference call that the LiDAR for the new Xpeng SUV may come from another company.
The LIDAR we use on P5 is actually DJI, Da-Jiang, and we what — we are very open to other options, so by 2022 to 2023 the new models that we are launching may adopt different brands that make — that produce LiDARs.He Xiaopeng, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, Xpeng Motors (Q1 2021 earnings conference call)
Built on a new-generation hardware platform, XPILOT 4.0 will have a significantly higher perception capability and deliver full-scenario driver assistance. The fourth version of Xpeng Motor’s driving assistance system will have 508 TOPS ECU computing power. Two NVIDIA Drive Orin autonomous driving SoCs, an 8 million-pixel front-view binocular camera and 2.9 million-pixel side-view cameras, and a highly integrated and expandable domain controller will be part of the new hardware.
On a side note, Xpeng Motors is working on XPILOT 5.0 as well. The fifth version will mark the shift from advanced assisted driving to autonomous driving. The company has finished the overall structural design of XPILOT 5.0, but we don’t expect a commercial launch for another two years.
Meets international standards
Xia Heng, Co-founder and President of Xpeng Motors, has said that the G9 is the company’s first model developed with international markets in mind right from the start. It will be responsible for the company’s brand development and growth, Heng added. For design and other aspects of the product, the company took the preferences and needs of overseas markets into account during its development.
Xpeng G9 is the first model of Xiaopeng Motors that was launched for domestic and international markets at the beginning of its development. It also shows the determination of Xiaopeng Motors to move towards internationalization.Xia Heng, Co-founder and President, Xpeng Motors (Xpeng G9 world premiere)
Xpeng Motors has kept the requirements of international safety standards in mind while developing the G9. The new electric SUV complies with the C-NCAP and E-NCAP 5-star safety design standards and the stringent EU WVTA vehicle certification standards. Chinese vehicles are getting better at safety with each passing launch, and Nio’s ES8, which received a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating in September 2021, is an example of progress. The maximum score should be Xpeng Motors’ target for the G9.
Using eco-friendly materials in vehicles is a good step, but a growing concern is also what happens to the car at the end of its life. Xpeng Motors says that the G9 meets the EU 3R certification requirements. It has a reusability rate of over 85% and a recyclability rate of over 95%. It should be possible to reuse most of the vehicle in this case.
Xpeng G9 Release date
The Xpeng G9 has reached China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for approval. During its Q1 2022 earnings conference call on May 23, 2022, Xpeng Motors said that it will launch the G9 in Q3 2022 (July-September 2022) and commence its mass deliveries in Q4 2022 (October-December 2022). Q4 2022 will also be the period when the company starts deploying its next-gen 480 kW ultra-fast chargers. Expect the European launch of the Xpeng G9 to begin (in markets such as Norway) in H1 2023.
On May 28, 2022, Xpeng brought the G9 (with tinted windows, similar to the example revealed last year) for public display at the 2022 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area International Auto Show, which opened the same day and will close on June 5, 2022.
The prices of the G9, the flagship Xpeng product that also debuts the new brand identity, could start at around CNY 250,000 (EUR 34,961) after subsidy, making it cheaper than the Tesla Model Y. Xpeng plans to increase the price difference between different variants. For example, higher-end products or configurations that include ADAS functions and advanced software will be priced higher. However, for basic variants, Xpeng is able to lower the pricing due to cost-effective hardware and lower bill of materials, as explained by the company durings its earnings call in May 2022.
Xpeng G9 FAQs
What is the Xpeng G9 release date?
Customer deliveries in China are to begin in the third quarter (July-Sept 2022), followed by European markets.
Which SUVs will be the Xpeng G9’s rivals?
What will be the Xpeng G9 price?
Prices could start at around CNY 250,000 (EUR 34,961).
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