Xpeng P5 could become brand’s best-seller before Norway launch

Xpeng Motors is confident that the P5 will become its new best-selling model. He Xiaopeng, Co‐founder, Chairman, and CEO, Xpeng Motors, revealed this development in an interview with China Business Journal at Auto Shanghai 2021, reports CnEVPost.

The P5’s prices start at CNY 160,000 (CNY 24,682) and go up to CNY 230,000 (USD 35,481). It’s viewed as a serious threat to Tesla’s locally-manufactured Model 3, which costs CNY 266,740 (USD 41,148) before subsidies/CNY 250,900 (USD 38,705) after subsidies in the base configuration. Insiders say that the P5 is the brand’s testbed for understanding if customers would prefer a family car with higher levels of intelligence.

Xpeng P5 garners good initial response

The Xpeng P5 debuted on 14 April 2021, and it is off to a great start in China. On 17 July 2021, Xpeng Motors opened pre-sales of the Xpeng P5 in China, and within seven hours, it received more than 5,000 orders. That’s according to a post on the company’s Weibo account, which also said that more than 70% of orders were in the top-two configurations, namely 550P and 600P, which include LiDAR.

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Deliveries of the new electric sedan will begin in October. Early bird customers will benefit from lifetime free charging and supercharging, and this great money-saving offer should seal the deal for many prospects. The P5 could become the brand’s best-selling model with strong domestic sales alone.

Twitter user Moneyball (@DKurac), who watches Chinese OEMs closely, said that an Xpeng P5 Norway launch is planned, and other European markets will also get the electric sedan. Norway could be the first overseas market for the P5 worldwide, the same way it was for the G3.

Xpeng P5 specs

The Xpeng P5 is a mid-size model, and the company is pitching it as an alternative to the Tesla Model 3, the Mercedes C-Class, and the BMW 3 Series (and the forthcoming BMW 3 Series EV). At 4,808 mm long, it is 114 mm longer than the Tesla Model 3 (4,694 mm). However, despite the greater length, its wheelbase is shorter (-107 mm), 2,768 mm, compared to the Tesla EV’s 2,875 mm. Thanks to the sleek design, the Chinese electric car’s drag coefficient is a low, 0.223 Cd.

Xpeng Motors offers the P5 in six configurations. A single electric motor generating 155 kW of power and 310 Nm of torque is standard. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h takes 7.5 seconds, and the top speed is 170 km/h. Depending on the configuration, the range (NEDC) varies between 460 and 600 km.

Aspect\SpecificationP5 460GP5 460EP5 550GP5 550EP5 550PP5 600P
Battery Pack Capacity (Total)55.9 kWh55.9 kWh66.2 kWh66.2 kWh66.2 kWh71.4 kWh
Range (NEDC)460 km460 km550 km550 km550 km600 km
Fast-charging Time (30-80% SoC)≥ 30 min≥ 30 min≥ 35 min≥ 35 min≥ 35 min≥ 38 min

XPILOT Autonomous driving

The Xpeng P5’s biggest highlight is its capability of autonomous driving in the city, with the XPILOT 3.5 system. Xpeng Motors says that this is the world’s first production smart EV to feature automotive-grade LiDAR technology. Claimed to be the most advanced autonomous driving system in any production car, XPILOT 3.5 consists of 32 perception sensors and 1 high-precision positioning unit (GNSS + IMU).

The 32 perception sensors include 2 LiDAR units, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 5 millimetre-wave radars, and 13 high-resolution cameras. Xpeng Motors says that the LiDAR units are “double-prism” units that can recognize pedestrians, cyclists and scooters, static obstacles, and road works. They can function properly even at night and in other low-light conditions. Backlighting, alternating light, and dark illumination in tunnels also don’t affect its functioning.

Other attractions of the P5 include solar roof, Sleep mode, projector with Theater mode, built-in fridge, 15.6-inch dual-screen instrument cluster & infotainment system running on Xmart OS 3.0 (powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SA8155P), and 1.493 square-meter transparent panoramic canopy glass roof.

Xpeng 5 FAQs

What are the Xpeng P5 rivals?

The main competitor to the Xpeng P5 is the Tesla Model 3 and the upcoming BMW 3 Series electric.

What is the Xpeng P5 range?

Depending on the configuration, the range (NEDC) varies between 460 km and 600 km.

When is the P5 expected in Europe?

EVW expects the EV to be available in the Old Continent in 2022.

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