About Xiaopeng (Xpeng)
Xpeng is a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, headquartered in Guangzhou, that was co-founded in 2014 by Xia Heng. The company had strong backers behind it, with one of them being Lei Jun, the founder of Xiaomi. On August 27, 2020, Xpeng raised $1.5 billion with an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, where its shares climbed more than 40% on the first day of trading.
The company first launched the SUV named Xpeng G3 in 2018. Half a year later, they announced their first sedan, Xpeng P7, at the 2019 Auto Shanghai show. The first deliveries of this model started in June 2019. It was originally sold only in China, but in late December of 2020, it expanded towards the European market, targeting Norway. Europe is, after all, the second largest EV market accounting for 28% of the global market.
Overview and Dimensions
Xpeng P7 is the only sedan offered by this company, and it falls somewhere in class with Tesla Model 3 and Byd Han. It’s got a 2.98-meter wheelbase (117 inches), enough to comfortably hold 5 people. It weighs 1935kg. The vehicle looks alien-like, with no sharp edges or borders. It’s got a nice line of LED strips on both front and back.
Performance and Battery
Xpeng offers more optionality with their P7, compared to some of the other EVs out there. What we mean by this is, you can choose between three different performance models and three different option packages. The different performance models include:
|performance model||battery||horsepower||drivetrain||NEDC range||real-world range|
|Standard Range||60kWh||260||RWD||480km(300miles)||380km(220 miles)|
|Long Range||70kWh||260||RWD||586km(386miles)(+22% increase from Standard Range)||480km(300 miles)|
|Super Long Range||80kWh||260||RWD||670km(415miles)||535km(332 miles)|
|High Performance||80kWh||total 425 (Front 120kWh, Rear 196kWh)||AWD||562km(350 miles)||460km(285 miles)|
The High-Performance model accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds, while the single motor versions do it in 6.7 seconds. P7’s chassis was developed in conjunction with Porsche, which explains the good steering feel that the car gives.
Interior and Technology
The interior is somewhat resemblant to that of the Tesla Model 3, although it has an extra 10.2-inch screen for the driver. The 15-inch screen in the center is used for most of the commands, from multimedia to climate controls. The vehicle has also got an intelligent AI system that works on voice command, and some of the things it can do include turning up or down the climate settings or finding you the nearest restaurant. Xpeng P7 has multiple built-in speakers that pop up once the car is on, a feature that resembles luxurious cars. OTA (Over-the-air) updates are a standard for P7 as well, something we’ve seen Tesla do for some time now. Other technical information include:
- in-car Bluetooth, 4.0
- 4G Wi-Fi
- 128GB of storage
- app stores and in-car games
- AI Voice Assistant
The battery is from CATL, with a high-density slim-profile 110mm height, 80.9kWh with energy density reaching 170Wh/kg.
Bjørn Nyland had a good review of the car, that we recommend watching.
Price and Final Word
What we didn’t mention is the drag coefficient of 0.236 and cargo space of 440 liters. That is more than Tesla Model 3’s 425 liters, and just about the same as the new Mercedes EQE. Still, with P7 being a car of almost five meters in length, we would expect a bigger boot, closer to 500 liters.
Since each performance model has its own set of package options, to keep it simple, we will just take the entry option price on each of them, and put it here. For example, Smart and Premium trims have automatic lane centering, automatic lane change, adaptive cruise control, smart parking, an automatic driving simulation display, and a bunch of automatic collision prevention. The Standard trim doesn’t have any of that, only the traditional cruise control.
Either way, we suggest visiting their page yourself, where you can find all the details you need. From the cheapest to most expensive entry trim.
|Performance package||price in RMB||price in $|
|Super Long Range||254900||39,600|
|High Performance (dual-motor)||339900||52,800|