Harry Leahey

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Chinese automotive firm, Xpeng Motors has launched its flagship all-electric G9 SUV in selected European countries

Currently, these include Denmark, Holland, Norway and Sweden. The company says it intends to launch the car in the UK when it has prepared its cars for right-hand drive, though when this will be remains unconfirmed. 

Xpeng first introduced its mid-sized SUV in China back in October 2022, with it offered in a choice of either rear or four-wheel drive configurations. 

The rear-wheel-drive version of the G9 makes 313 horsepower, while the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive performance model makes up to 551 horsepower and 528 lb-ft of torque. 

Xpeng claims the performance-focused version can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds, while its top speed is limited to 124 mph. 

The G9's dual-chamber air spring system is said to provide flexible stiffness adjustments for optimal handling on diverse road conditions and ride comfort. The vehicle also has a maximum tow load of 1,500kg.

The 78kWh battery on the rear-wheel drive G9 claimed to offer a combined WLTP range of 286 miles. Meanwhile, the extended-range option uses a 98kWh battery, resulting in a maximum claimed range of 354 miles.

With a new 800v battery system, the company says the SUV can support ultrafast charging speeds of up to 300 kW, meaning up to 62 miles of range can be regained with just five minutes of charging under optimal conditions.

Inside, the G9 has seating for five, while the interior itself is dominated by a 14.9-inch dual display which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 chip for lag-free navigation around the infotainment system. 

The G9 starts at €57,990 (£51,874) in the Netherlands, undercutting premium rivals such as the BMW i3X, but more expensive than mainstream electric SUVs such as the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Tesla Model Y.

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Harry Leahey 03/02/23