Zeekr shows off Zeekr X SUV
Chinese carmaker Zeekr published the first images of its third model, the Zeekr X. The SUV will first be shown at the Auto China in Shanghai in April and will probably be available in China before the end of the year. It will most likely also be sold in Europe but at a later date.
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It was rumoured that the new model would be called Zeekr 003, but the Geely subsidiary now announced that its newest addition is named Zeekr X. The a-segment SUV measures about 4.40 meters in length and 1.8 meters in width. The wheelbase spans 2.7 meters.
Moreover, the Zeekr X has done away with door handles (at least for the prototype), will be equipped with frameless review mirrors and sits on Geely’s SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) electric vehicle platform. Zeekr already used the platform for its first two models, the Zeekr 001 sedan and Zeekr 009 MPV.
There are no impressions of the interior yet. However, the Zeekr X is likely to look similar to its sister models and thus feature an LCD instrument cluster and a floating centre screen.
Update 14 February 2023
After Zeekr unveiled the design of its third series model, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) now listed the vehicle. As a result, some technical details have become known.
The Geely brand will offer the Zeekr X in three versions, two of them single-engine and one dual-motor or AWD drive. All will have a rear motor with 200 kW, and the four-wheel drive will have an additional front engine with 115 kW.
The batteries will come from CATL, and Zeekr is reportedly the first EV manufacturer to use CATL’s latest cell-to-pack Qilin battery technology, unveiled in June 2022.
Zeekr recently closed a US$750 million investment round, which the company will use to finance its expansion into Europe this year, among other things.
Zeekr was founded in the spring of 2021 and is jointly owned by Geely Automobile and Zhejiang Geely Holding. The carmaker plans to launch a new model each year until at least 2026. In October, the brand began delivering its flagship, the Zeekr 001, in China. According to the brand, 80,00 units have already been handed over to customers. Production of the Zeekr 009 is already underway in the eastern Chinese region of Ningbo.