Can Xpeng's P7 slow down the Tesla Model 3's EV dominance in China?

The upcoming Xpeng P7 sedan is one of the most highly-anticipated electric cars in all of China. Due to launch sometime in this quarter, the first road test review by an outside source has just been published by the website xchuxing.com

Following the G3 SUV, the P7 will be Xpeng's second offering and was recently given an official range rating of 706 km (438 miles), based on the NEDC range rating by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China. That makes the P7 will be the longest-range electric vehicle made in China, besting the Tesla Model 3's official rating of 668 km (414 miles) by 5%. 

 

Back in November, we had an opportunity to visit the Guangzhou Motor Show where the P7 made its official debut. We noted that it was probably the biggest new introduction we saw at the show and that there was a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the P7. We haven't had the opportunity to drive one yet, but are working on that with Xpeng. Now that the P7 has been approved for road testing in the US, we believe we'll get that opportunity sometime soon.  

Xpeng P7 vs Model 3
The website xchuxing.com compares the Xpeng P7 to the Tesla Model 3

The P7 will be offered in all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations, with the AWD model being a high-performance version. In addition to the 196 kW (263 HP) rear motor, the all-wheel-drive version adds a 120 kW (161 HP) front motor which lowers the P7's 0-62 time from 6.7 seconds (RWD) to 4.3 seconds for the AWD high-performance model. 

Both P7 models come with an 81 kWh battery, slightly bigger than the Tesla Model 3's 75 kWh battery, which we would expect. However, Xpeng has done something that has eluded other EV manufacturers, and that's matched Tesla's industry-leading efficiency. No other OEM to date has been able to come close to Tesla's great performance and also their efficiency. Granted the P7 isn't quite as powerful and fast and a Model 3, but it has very respectful performance numbers and is extremely efficient.  

Xpeng P7

RWD super-long range

4WD high performance

Length

4880mm

Wheelbase

2998mm

Max power / max torque

196kW/390N·m

F120kW、R196kW / 655N·m

0-100km/h acceleration

6.7s

4.3s

NEDC driving range

706km

600km (est)

Intelligent audiovisual cockpit

Optional for selected versions

Standard

ADAS

XPILOT 2.5 / XPILOT 3.0 optional

Pre-sale price range

RMB 270,000 – 370,000 (US$38.4k – 52.6k)

We recently reported on how the Model 3 is dominating the electric vehicle sales charts in China, and how the coronavirus hasn't really slowed them down much. The Xpeng P7 looks like it may very well be Tesla's first real head-to-head challenger for the Model 3 in China. We're looking forward to its launch to see if it has any effect on Model 3 sales in China, or if it ends up as just another potential Tesla-challenger that got steamrolled by the Musk-mobile.

Source: xchuxing.com