Chinese EV-maker Xpeng Motors launched its new long-range intelligent EV sports sedan, the P7, the company’s second production model.
The P7 is the first L3 autonomy-ready production vehicle in the Chinese market, boasting a record-setting NEDC 706 km super-long driving range and 4.3s 1-100km/h acceleration in certain configurations. Additionally, it is also the first EV worldwide powered by NVIDIA’s DRIVE AGX Xavier SoC, delivering 30 TOPS performance while consuming only 30 watts of power.
Running on Xpeng’s proprietory XPILOT 3.0 system, the P7 has the strongest autonomous driving architecture among all production vehicles in China. The car’s safety framework is designed and benchmarked to C-NCAP 5-star standards to guarantee smooth operations. The P7 is also equipped with fast charging technology which allows the car’s battery to charge from 30% to 80% in only 28 minutes.
“Today is a milestone in the 5-year history of Xpeng Motors,” said He Xiaopeng, chairman & CEO. “The P7’s launch solidifies Xpeng Motors’ leading position in China’s smart EV market. Our ability to launch the P7 in the challenging conditions of the COVID-19 crisis is a testament to the strength of our young company.”
The P7 is based on a platform developed by Xpeng Motors called SEPA (Smart Electric Platform Architecture), which suggests that there are more models on the new platform. With a total length of 4.88 metres and a wheelbase of just under three metres, the P7 ranks in the upper-middle class. Models such as the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6 are a few centimetres longer but have a shorter wheelbase – which speaks for comparatively more space inside the Xpeng.
For the drive, Xpeng offers the P7 in three versions: the two versions with rear-wheel drive have a 196 kW electric motor on the rear axle and differ in terms of the battery: the long-range model has a 70.8 kWh battery, the super long-range model one with 80.0 kWh energy content. This variant also comes within the aforementioned 706-kilometre NEDC range. The all-wheel-drive model still has a 120 kW motor on the front axle, reducing the time needed to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h from 6.7 to 4.3 seconds.
The P7 is currently available for order in China, in 3 versions and 8 configurations, with customer deliveries starting end of June 2020. The vehicle is priced between 229,900 – 349,900 yuan ($32,462 – 49,404) post subsidies.