Xpeng Motors has expanded 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 so far about the new Tesla Model Y rival.
The Xpeng G9 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 will feature a new brand logo, and it will be the first model to get that. The existing models, namely the G3i, P7, and P9, will adopt the new brand identity beginning in the second half of 2022.
Xpeng Motors hasn’t revealed the interior of the G9, and the model presented at the Guangzhou Auto Show had dark window tints. An older spy shot floating on the web, courtesy of Weibo user 大包子狸, has partially exposed the interior of the new electric SUV. The dashboard layout looks similar to the P7, but its design is slightly different. The two-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom looks the same as that of the current flagship Xpeng, though.
A new trend in vehicle interior design is the usage of a third screen in the front. It usually serves as a multimedia display for the entertainment of the front passenger while also allowing them to view some key driving information and modify the navigation route. Often this screen comes merged with the digital instrument cluster and the central display on a single panel. The spy shot doesn’t reveal whether the G9 will have a passenger display or stick to the relatively old dual-screen cockpit layout.
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.
Performance & Range
For now, Xpeng states is 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.
The top-end configuration of the new Xpeng SUV could have a twin-motor AWD powertrain generating at least 316 kW (430 PS/424 bhp) of power and 655 Nm of torque and be capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under five seconds. An 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack should be one of the options, offering a WLTP range of more than 500 km or 311 miles.
Xpeng Motors has confirmed that it will offer the G9 with 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. He Xiaopeng, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, Xpeng Motors, 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 come with 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 true 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 2 years.
Meets international standards
Xia Heng, Co-founder and President, 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 various other aspects of the product, the company took the preferences and needs in 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 that received a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating in September 2021 is an example of the progress so far. The maximum score should be Xpeng Motors’ target for the G9.
The usage of eco-friendly materials in vehicles is a good step, but a growing concern is also what happens to the vehicle at the end of its life. Xpeng Motors says that the G9 meets the EU 3R certification’s requirements. It has a reusability rate of over 85% and a recyclability rate of over 95%. In this case, it should be possible to reuse most of the vehicle.
Previous announcements from Xpeng Motors suggest that it plans to launch the Xpeng G9 in the second half of 2022. The company will likely launch it in international markets following the domestic launch, as it said during the event that it is designed for international and Chinese markets from its conception. We expect to see the production-spec SUV (with the final interior) at the Beijing Auto Show 2022 to be held next April.
Expect the European launch of the Xpeng G9 to take place (in markets such as Norway) a few months after the Chinese market entry.
The prices of the G9, the flagship Xpeng product that also debuts the new brand identity, could start at around CNY 250,000 (EUR 34,698) after subsidy. That’d make it cheaper than the Tesla Model Y, the prices of which start at CNY 276,000 (EUR 38,307) after subsidy.
Xpeng G9 FAQs
What is the Xpeng G9 release date?
The Xpeng G9 will likely go on sale in China in the second half of 2022, followed by European markets.
Which SUVs will be the Xpeng G9’s rivals?
What will be the Xpeng G9’s price?
Prices could start at around CNY 250,000 (EUR 34,698).
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