Chinese EV startup chasing everything from Tesla Model 3 to Toyota Kluger in Australia

Posted on June 8, 2024Comments Off on Chinese EV startup chasing everything from Tesla Model 3 to Toyota Kluger in Australia

The Xpeng G6 SUV will be the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer’s first model to launch in Australia, and its local importer hopes it’ll open the floodgates to a wider lineup in the near future.

TrueEV has been appointed as Xpeng’s local importer, distributor and retailer, with the Tesla Model Y-sized G6 to be its first model on sale within a handful of months, both in standard and long range variants.

While targeting Australia’s lucrative SUV market is a logical first step, TrueEV plans to roll out a variety of electric models within the next 18 months, covering almost all of the market’s demands.

When asked by CarExpert about what is on its wishlist, TrueEV CEO Jason Clarke detailed what the brand’s plans are for a future lineup.

“We have the G6 available from October as standard and long range variants, and then we have the performance variant in 2025,” Mr Clarke said. 

“Then we have a large SUV, the G9. That’s a great car, it’s been really well received in Europe. 

“We’re doing market testing of the X9 MPV [people mover]. We think that category is wide open for a high-quality, well-featured vehicle that can seat seven people or more with in-seat massage, drop-down TVs, a fridge, and the rest.

“The P7 sedan will be hopefully available after that, and two smaller SUV models in 2026.”

Should this timeline be met and all vehicles come to fruition, Xpeng could be selling six models in Australia within the next two and a half years.

The Xpeng G9 is the largest SUV in its lineup, measuring 4891 long, 1937mm wide (without mirrors) and 1680mm tall, riding on a 2998mm wheelbase – making it slightly shorter than a Toyota Kluger between the front and rear bumpers but with a longer wheelbase.

Despite this, the G9 is only a five-seater, giving its second-row occupants greater room as well as providing up to 660L of boot space.

Rear-wheel drive versions offer a single 230kW/430Nm electric motor, while dual-motor all-wheel drive grades are boosted to 405kW/717Nm, though both feature a 96kWh lithium-ion battery.

The G9 offers up to 570km of WLTP range in RWD Long Range guise.

The Xpeng P7 is the company’s closest rival to the Tesla Model 3, with its RWD grade producing up to 203kW/440Nm, and the AWD increasing outputs to 348kW/757Nm – close to par with equivalent variants of the Model 3.

It offers up to 576km of WLTP range in RWD Long Range guise.

Xpeng doesn’t currently sell any smaller SUVs than the G6, after it announced production of the G3 would end in China before the end of 2026.

The Xpeng X9 would find itself in a small market of electric people movers in Australia, currently consisting of the LDV MIFA 9 and Mercedes-Benz’s EQV and eVito Tourer and soon to include the Zeekr 009.

The Kia Carnival is far and away Australia’s best-selling people mover, commanding more than 70 per cent of all people mover sales between January and May. Though it doesn’t offer electric power, it recently received a hybrid option.

Order books for the Xpeng G6 are due to open in late July or early August, ahead of October customer deliveries.

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