Chinese Tesla rival Xpeng unveils new electric SUV aimed at international markets

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  • Xpeng unveiled a new electric SUV called the G9 and it plans to launch in China in the third quarter of 2022.
  • Xpeng’s G9 will take on the likes of Tesla’s Model Y, Nio’s ES6 and Li Auto’s Li One.
  • The G9 will feature Xpeng’s Xpilot semi-autonomous driving system, lidar technology and Nvidia chips.

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GUANGZHOU, China – Xpeng unveiled a new electric sports utility vehicle on Friday as competition intensifies in China’s new energy vehicle market.

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The G9 is Xpeng’s fourth production model. The company plans to launch the car in China in the third quarter of 2022, a person familiar with the matter told Businesshala. The person asked has not been identified as the matter is confidential.

But the company also said that the car has been designed for international markets. Xpeng this year began shipping its flagship P7 sedan to Norway, its first overseas market.

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Henry Xia, co-founder of Xpeng, said in a press release, “The G9 is our first model designed and developed for both the international and Chinese markets, bringing our most sophisticated designs to our customers around the world. “

The G9 adds the fourth car to Launch Xpeng’s lineup, after the G3 SUV and the P7 and P5 sedans. This is the second SUV in Xpeng’s portfolio and adds yet another electric vehicle to that competitive segment of the market.

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Xpeng’s G9 will take on the likes of Tesla’s Model Y, Nio’s ES6 and Li Auto’s Li One.

The company has yet to release pricing or range details.

Features of Xpeng G9

The G9 will be Xpeng’s first model to be equipped with the company’s advanced driver-assistance Xpilot 4.0. The system, or ADAS, is slated for rollout in the first half of 2023.

Designed to rival Tesla’s Autopilot, Expilot allows the car to complete semi-autonomous features such as lane switching.

The car will also feature Nvidia’s Orin-X autonomous driving chips.

Xpeng says that the G9 will be compatible with its X-Power supercharger, which allows the cars to charge up to a driving range of 200 km in 5 minutes.

The G9 will also feature Light Detection and Ranging Technology, or LiDAR. These systems send out lasers that bounce back to measure distance. Those returning beams are processed by an algorithm to create a three-dimensional representation of surrounding objects – a key technology for autonomous vehicles to understand their environment.

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