The Chinese manufacturer Xpeng, has just launched the second generation of its flagship. He Xpeng P7i. A new generation that represents a very important step forward, not so much aesthetically, where the main lines are maintained, but technologically and, above all, in solving one of its weakest points. The fast charge.
The main news is that curiously this P7i is already present in Europe, where it will share a name with the previous version. The only difference will be that in China it will add the “i” to its name to differentiate it from the first variant.
In terms of design, the P7i isn’t much different from the original P7 and the biggest changes to the exterior are the front details. While the split headlights have been retained, dual LiDAR sensors integrated into the headlights are new. In addition, the headlights now have a higher illumination intensity, which increases by 20% to improve safety at night.
Inside, the main differences are found in a completely new steering wheel with a greater thickness and that includes heating. Also installed is an air freshener, a cup holder, vertical wireless charging stand, 60W Type-C front and rear wired fast charging, interactive buttons and storage space, new and improved seats with headrests for the neck, heating, exclusive speakers hidden from the driver.
But the main differences are found in aspects such as the installation of the new Xmart OS 4.0 system, which is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon SA8155P processorwhich ensures that the infotainment system works very smoothly.
This also extends to the autonomous driving system, where we find two LiDAR sensors, also two Orin-X processors and 31 sensors with a computing power level of up to 508 TOPS. A set that improves performance compared to power compared to the 30 TOPS of the previous model.
Xpeng P7i: technical characteristics
In the mechanical part there are also some novelties. In this way the P7i will have up to two possibilities in the part of the powertrain. A basic rear wheel drive and 203 kW (272 hp) and a maximum torque of 440 Nm, which propels it to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds.
The other option is an all-wheel drive system and 348 kW (466 hp) and a devastating 757 Nm of torque, which catapults it to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
As for autonomy, the variant of an engine manages to reach 576 km under the WLTP cycle, while the sportier version stays at 505 kilometers.
The great news in this case comes hand in hand with the improvement regarding fast charging. And it is that despite the fact that the XPeng P7i will continue to be built on the 400 V platform, instead of the 800 V high platform used by its brother the G9, the manufacturer has taken action on the matter of power burden.
And it is that inexplicably the current model was limited to a more than modest 90 kW of maximum power. An important limitation for a saloon designed primarily for travel. something toNow Xpeng has confirmed that they have fixed it, and thanks to the new direct current charging system the P7i can reach 175 kW of maximum powerwhich dramatically reduces load times.
A different proposal, which is available in Europe from 49,900 euros in its Long Range version, which rises to 59,900 euros for the Performance variant.