Xpeng Launches G9 SUV, Deliveries to Begin in October

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Chinese automaker Xpeng Motors has launched a new electric SUV, and some think it could be a worthy rival to the Tesla Model Y.

Xpeng Motors launched the G9 electric SUV in China, as announced by the automaker at an online press event on Wednesday (via CnEVPost).

The Xpeng G9 starts at a price of RMB 309,900 ($44,000), with the highest-end trim priced at RMB 469,900 ($66,661).

The G9 includes three range options: 570 km (354 miles), 650 km (403 miles) and 720 km (447 miles). The trim options include six total configurations, called the 570G, the 570E, the 702E, the 650E, the 650X and the 650X launch edition.

Deliveries for orders of the 702E variant are set to arrive in October while others are slated for December at the earliest. The ultra fast-charging 4C model will begin deliveries at the end of March.

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Xpeng calls the G9 an “ultra-fast charging all-smart SUV,” featuring an 800 V high-voltage platform offering a peak charging power of 430 kW for the 4C charging option, which is available with the 650X Performance version.

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With the 4C charging hardware, the Xpeng G9 can charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.

Other variants of the SUV feature 3C charging hardware which can charge from 10 to 80 percent in around 20 minutes.

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The news comes just a few days after Xpeng launched its City Navigation Guided Pilot Program in China, a semi-automated driving system that effectively beat Tesla’s Full Self-Driving to the country’s market.

The G9 is set to gain full scenario-assisted driving throughout most of China’s cities by 2023, with intelligent navigation from its City NGP by 2024.