Zeekr edges towards Australian launch with angular SUV’s arrival

Posted on June 28, 2024Comments Off on Zeekr edges towards Australian launch with angular SUV’s arrival

The first examples of the Zeekr X are arriving in Australia, ahead of first deliveries in late 2024 or early 2025.

Arriving in Sydney this week, the Zeekr X will be one of the first two models from the Geely-owned electric vehicle (EV) brand to launch in Australia, likely after the debut of the 009 people mover.

Zeekr locked in the X crossover for Australia earlier this month, following the first right-hand drive examples rolling off the production line in China.

The Zeekr X is based on the same Sustainable Experience Architecture as a raft of models under the Geely umbrella, including the Volvo EX30 and Smart’s #01 and #03 crossovers – all three of which are either currently on sale in Australia, or due to launch before the end of the year.

It’s almost identical in size to the BYD Atto 3, measuring 4432mm long and 2025mm wide (including the mirrors) on a 2750mm wheelbase.

European examples are offered with a choice of 200kW/343Nm single-motor rear-wheel drive or 315kW/543Nm dual-motor all-wheel drive configurations, with claimed WLTP range figures of 446km and 425km respectively.

Power is supplied by a 69kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be charged at up to 150kW on a DC fast-charger.

Inside the cabin, there’s an 8.8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 24.3-inch augmented reality head-up display.

The Zeekr X is priced from €44,990 (A$73,680) in Germany, identical to the Tesla Model Y.

In Australia, the Model Y starts from $55,990 before on-road costs, while the Volvo EX30 opens at $59,990 before on-road costs. It’s unclear where the Zeekr will be priced.

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