Xpeng G3i (G3 facelift) could reach Norway in early 2022 [Update]

The Xpeng G3 has received a facelift in the Chinese market, and with the cosmetic refresh, it sees a name change as well – Xpeng G3i. Chinese customer deliveries will begin in September, and the Xpeng Norge unit can expect to receive the first batch of the Xpeng G3i in early 2022. Prices of the Xpeng G3i start at CNY 149,800 (EUR 19,513) and go up to CNY 185,800 (EUR 24,202).

“We plan to begin delivering the mid-cycle facelift version of the G3 in the late third quarter of 2021 (July-September 2021),” He Xiaopeng, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Xpeng Motors, said during the company’s Q4 2020 earnings conference call in March.

Xiaopeng said at the domestic launch of the Xpeng G3i on 9 July 2021 that Chinese automakers will become more recognisable overseas in the future, as per a CnEVPost report. On 12 July 2021, the company’s Weibo account cited him saying that the “G3i will become the first choice of smart SUV for young people within CNY 200,000 (EUR 26,213).”

Design

Xpeng Motors has given the G3i a completely new front-end that looks upscale and aggressive. Split headlamps and a segmented wide light band provide a high-tech appearance to the electric SUV. The new front lighting structure forms an X shape and is reminiscent of the Xpeng P7. The company calls this X Robot Face family design.

On the sides, unlike the Xpeng G3, the Xpeng G3i features flush door handles for premium styling. The rear-end isn’t much different from the old model. Xpeng Motors offers the new model in a new azure-green colour option. Moreover, the new model is available in a two-tone exterior with a white roof.

Xpeng G3i rear three quarters
The Xpeng G3i features pop-out door handles for a cleaner look and enhanced styling. Image Source: Xpeng Motors

Specifications

The Xpeng G3i’s exterior dimensions are similar to those of the Xpeng G3. It measures 4,495 mm in length, 1,820 mm in width, and 1,610 mm in height. The only difference is the length, which is 45 mm longer.

Like in the old model, a permanent magnet synchronous motor generating 145 kW of power and 300 Nm of torque is a standard fitment. This motor drives the front wheels, and it allows the same 0-100 km/h acceleration time and the same top speed of 8.6 seconds and 170 km/h, respectively.

The Xpeng G3i, according to the configuration table on the company’s Chinese website, is available with the following three Lithium-ion battery pack options, all of which take 35 minutes for 30-80% DC fast-charging:

Size & Cell ChemistryRange
55 kWh LFP460 km (286 miles)
57 kWh NMC460 km (286 miles)
66 kWh NMC520 km (323 miles)
NEDC figures

Interior

The interior design of the Xpeng G3i is the same as that of the G3. However, there’s a new processor onboard – the Snapdragon 820A. Also new is a new “Hello, little P” AI voice assistant that can offer continuous dialogue and dual-sound zone recognition. Even rear-seat passengers can enjoy the convenience of voice commands, and that, Xpeng Motors claims, is an industry-first feature.

In April 2021, autohome.com.cn reported that the Xpeng G3 had received an OTA upgrade for the Xmart OS (v1.9.2). Xpeng Motors added a safety test function for the XPILOT 2.5 autonomous driving assistant with the latest OTA upgrade. The company added a user-habit setting group function and a third-party app permission management function to the system as improvements. Lastly, it optimised navigation, seat ventilation/heating and shortcut panel functions, Bluetooth music playback, and AI voice assistant.

In the Xpeng G3i launch announcement, Xpeng Motors said that by 31 March 2021, it gave the G3 15 major OTA firmware upgrades and added 55 new functions.

Video Source: youtube.com/HeyXpeng

Autonomous parking, 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch HD fully digital instrument cluster, LED headlights and taillights and 17-inch alloy wheels round up the features of the G3i.

Xpeng in Norway

In December 2020, Xpeng Motors delivered 100 Xpeng G3 electric SUVs to customers in Norway, marking the beginning of export sales for the long-range Chinese EV. In February 2021, it shipped more than 200 units of the Xpeng G3 to the nation that is embracing EVs like no other in this world.

In announcing the export of the second batch of the G3 to China, Xpeng revealed that the G3s in Norway received their first Smart OS upgrade. Below are some of the new or improved functions downloaded by the electric SUV:

  • Optimized active safety assistance experience for Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Centering Control (LCC)
  • New voice commands to support the map/location function
  • Optimized voice assistance experience for vehicle control and navigation
  • Optimized adaptive brightness for the control panel

Like the first units of the Xpeng G3, the 200+ units in its second consignment reached Norway at the Drammen port. By June 2021, Xpeng Motors shipped a total of approximately 500 G3s to Norway, Xiaopeng said during the company’s Q2 2021 conference call on 26 August 2021. That was just three days after it exported the first batch of the P7 sedan to the Scandinavian nation.

More than 4,000 people in the Nordic nation have shown interest in the brand. The Chinese electric SUV costs NOK 358,000 in the base ‘Smart’ trim and NOK 379,000 in the top-end ‘Premium’ trim.

Xpeng Motors’ revenue from distributors in Norway was just CNY 24.6 million (NOK 32.6 million) in 2020, as sales began at the end of the year. This year, in the first quarter alone, the company has made CNY 77.6 million (NOK 103 million) from Norwegian distributors. The company wants to expand its presence further in Europe, and the Xpeng G3i presents an opportunity.

We work with local dealers to sell our smart electric cars in Norway, creating sales opportunities for our products and increasing brand awareness. This method can obtain and explore a diversified customer base in an asset-light, cost-effective way.

Xpeng Motors (hkexnews.hk)

Xpeng eyes new markets in Europe

During the Q2 conference call, Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President, Xpeng Motors, said that the company will offer its cars in Europe through distributors and directly to customers. By 2022, it wants presence in right-hand drive markets as well, presumably including the UK and Ireland, Xiaopeng said during the conference call.

We were actually going to try a hybrid model in Europe. For example, in Norway, we’re working with the leading distributor right now. But also, we have plans to open up our own stores in large cities or capital cities in the European countries that we target. So we’re experimenting a mixed model.

Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President, Xiaopeng Motors (Q2 2021 earnings conference call)

Xpeng G3 vs. VW ID.4

AspectXpeng G3 SpecificationVW ID.4 Specification
Length x Width x Height4450 mm (175.2 in.) X 1820 mm (71.7 in.) X 1600 mm (63.0 in.)180.5 in. x 72.9 in. x 64.4 in.
Wheelbase2,625 mm (103.3 in.)108.9 in.
Drivetrain LayoutFWDRWD
Motor Power145 kW (194 hp)201 hp
Motor Torque300 Nm (221 Lb.-Ft.)228 Lb.-Ft.
Battery Pack Capacity57.5 kWh (net)77 kWh (net)
Range (WLTP)451 km (280 miles)522 km (324 miles)
Range (EPA)Not Available250 miles
DC Fast Charging Time≥ 43min (30-80% SoC)~38 minutes (5-80% SoC)

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