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This is the Xpeng X9, a new Chinese family electric minivan. Information that Xpeng was working on a new model appeared a few days ago, but then we were only shown photos of a camouflaged prototype. Today, information about the car appeared in the Chinese MIIT catalog before entering the local market.

The X9 is huge, almost 5.3 meters long, and has a futuristic design. Even though the photos from the MIIT catalog are usually not very pleasing to the eye, the X9 looks good. Dimensions are 5293/1988/1785 mm, respectively, and the wheelbase is 3160 mm. It will have three rows and 6-7 seats.

It will be available in two versions with one or two electric motors. The front-engine model will have 235 kW (320 hp) and will be equipped with a lithium iron phosphate battery from Eve Energy.

The two-motor version will receive an additional 135 kW (183 hp) electric motor at the rear, which will provide a total power of 370 kW (496 hp). For this option, the battery supplier will be CALB. It is made from the more expensive nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) chemistry.

Recall that Volkswagen invested in Xpeng and acquired a 5% stake. The move gave the German automaker access to the E/E Xpeng platform, which underpins its flagship model, the G9 SUV. Volkswagen is set to launch several new models in China using this platform.

Moreover, in August, Xpeng announced that it had acquired the electric vehicle division of Didi (China’s Uber) to produce new affordable electric vehicles under the Mona brand.

X9 will be the seventh model of Xpeng and the first in the X line. Currently, there are two lines on the market: P – sedans and G – SUVs.

In China, the new MPV will compete with other electric MPVs such as Zeekr 009, Hycan V09, Denza D9 and Li Auto Mega. Sales will start in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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