At the Chengdu Motor Show, the Chinese electric car startup Xpeng Motors has just revealed the 2020 model of its G3 with an increased range to 520 NEDC kilometres, as well as its second production model, the P7.
According to Xpeng, the P7 will have a 600 km NEDC range. In July, Xpeng said they were planning the market launch for the end of 2019. The P7 is described by the company as a four-door coupé rather than a sedan. In spring this year, the Chinese startup already revealed the fully electric car will also have “superior driver-auto interaction” and autonomous Level 3 driving functions. Currently, not much information about the new P7 is available other than that it will have a four-wheel drive with two engines.
The 2020 model of the G3 has two versions named with their kilometre-range (NEDC): The G3 530 (with a 530 km-range) is the option with the 66.5 kWh battery with prices starting at 196,800 Yuan, ( around 25,390 euros); The G3 400, of course, has a range of around 400 km with prices starting at 143,800 Yuan (18,550 euros).
Xpeng Motors has apparently already had somewhat of a success story with the 2019 version of the G3: they Chinese electric carmaker says that according to data recorded by the China Passenger Car Association, the G3 was “China’s best-selling EV from a new maker” between January and July 2019. Xpeng says they have built over 10,000 of these electric SUVs since starting production in December 2018.
In August just past, Xpeng announced an expansion of the dealer network in China with better sales in mind. Eleven new dealers in nine cities were added, bringing the total dealer network to 40 partners in more than 30 Chinese cities. By the end of the year, there should be as many as 120 sales outlets (direct sales and authorised dealers) in 60 cities.
The presentation of the two vehicles in Chengdu and the opening of several locations in the city is no coincidence. Chengdu is regarded as the “gateway to southwest China”, in contrast to the numerous cities on the east coast of the country. In addition, the company intends to expand its charging stations, which are operated under the name “Supercharging”. By the end of the year, this number of stations is to rise from the current 70 to 250.
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