Presented almost a year ago, the large SUV Xpeng G9 arrives on the Chinese market with a 480 kW charge touted as “the fastest in the world” and autonomous driving that wants to compete with Tesla’s FSD.
After launching with a SUV compact abordable, Xpeng has found real success with its large P7 sedan. The G9 is the new highlight of the range. A large SUV, 4.89 m long and 1.94 m wide, which could arrive in Europe in the coming months to consolidate the gradual launch of the Chinese brand. In the meantime, it has just been officially marketed in China. The opportunity to discover a little more about him beyond his plastic, in the straight line of the P7.
Despite its generous dimensions, the G9 remains an SUV with only 5 seats. Like the rival Nio ES8, the front passenger seat offers a leg rest. What to enjoy in a semi-recumbent position of the 15-inch face screen. The central screen, also 15 inches, and the passenger screen are housed in the same module. The driver-facing instrumentation is more compact at 10.25 inches, with no head-up display. Few physical buttons since Xpeng relies on voice commands and the assistant integrated into the multimedia system. The rear passengers are not completely forgotten in terms of comfort. They don’t have a dedicated screen, but benefit from heated and massaging seats.
As for driving aids, Xpeng has for some time positioned itself as one of the Chinese leaders in this area. The G9 takes up the arsenal seen on the P7, with in particular two Lidar integrated into the optical blocks. The Xpilot 4.0 system is based on 2 Nvidia Orin-X processors and claims compatibility with level 3 of autonomous driving (without hands on the wheel, on certain roads) on highways, urban expressways, campsites. Xpeng hopes to be able to activate it in most cities next year, and enable full point-to-point travel (with scheduled navigation) in 2024.
The fastest charging on the market
It is through its mechanical configuration that the G9 intends to stand out from the game. Especially through its charging power. A few months ago, Xpeng launched its first 480 kW S4 chargers. Based on the X-EEA 3.0 architecture, The G9 is the first model to harness this power. Its 650X version is indeed capable of charging in 4C, with a power that reaches 430 kW. Xpeng evokes 200 km of autonomy in just 5 minutes.
This 650X version offers a 175 kW front motor and a 230 kW rear motor. In total, 405 kW therefore, and 717 Nm with a 98 kWh NMC battery. The range is 650 km in the CLTC cycle. This same battery is also available in a 230 kW propulsion variant, for a range of 702 km. But this version does not seem to take advantage of super-fast charging. The entry-level will be the 230 kW propulsion version, with a 78 kWh LFP battery and a range of 570 km (still CLTC).
The first 480kW S4 chargers were deployed by Xpeng in Guangzhou, where it is headquartered, last August. On the occasion of the launch of the G9, the start-up confirmed the opening of 6 new stations in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Wuhan. 50 more will be opened before the end of the year, and 500 next year. By 2025, Xpeng expects to have a network of 2,000 stations in China equipped with these chargers. Enough to compete with Nio’s battery exchange stations and Tesla’s Supercharger.
Xpeng a de high hopes for the G9. He Xiaopeng estimates that it should pass the milestone of 10,000 monthly units next year, and take the lead in the premium SUV market in China, ahead of the Audi Q5.