Tesla’s new killer launched in China

Xpeng has officially launched its third electric car in China. Called to compete with the Tesla Model 3, the P5 could arrive on the European market as early as 2022.

After the G3 electric SUV and the P7 sedan, Xpeng officially unveils its third “zero emission” model. The P5 is a less sporty sedan than the P7, which looked more like a Tesla Model S or a Lucid Air.

The P5 sports a design closer to a classic three-volume sedan, with a more marked trunk. At the front, there is the crossing light strip, characteristic of the other models in the Xpeng range.

If it plays in the same category as its predecessor, the P5 inherits the platform of the G3 electric SUV. Like the latter, it offers an engine integrated into the front axle. A 4-wheel drive version could see the light of day, but it is not currently part of the manufacturer’s specifications.

Three batteries to choose from

The Xpeng P5 has a 155 kW motor, or 208 horsepower, developing 310 Nm of torque. With a 0 to 100 km/h shot in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 175 km/h, the performance of the new Chinese sedan is naturally below the P7, but remains correct.

On the battery side, Xpeng offers three packs on its P5: 55.9 kWh, 66.2 kWh and 71.4 kWh. In terms of autonomy, count respectively 460 km, 550 km and 600 km. Expressed according to the NEDC cycle, still in force in China, these values ​​are surely optimistic compared to the WLTP cycle now in force in Europe.

Whatever the version, Xpeng announces a recharge time of less than 40 minutes to go from 30% to 80% battery. The maximum authorized powers have not been communicated by the manufacturer.

Priority to habitability and comfort

Less imposing than the P7, the Xpeng P5 is a little larger than a Tesla Model 3. With 4.81 meters in length, it is 12 centimeters longer than its Californian rival and 7 less than the P7.

XPeng P5 Tesla Model 3
Length 4.81m 4.69m
Height 1.52m 1.44m
Width 1.84m 1.85m

Particularly neat, the interior has also been optimized to offer maximum space to passengers.

The firm has focused on comfort for long journeys. Once folded, the seats offer a totally flat floor. If you want to spend the night under the stars, Xpeng even offers an optional mattress.

Many embedded technologies

The Xpeng P5 does not ignore the technologies that Chinese consumers are fond of. Fully digital, the instrumentation screen measures 12.3 inches. It is complemented by another 15.6-inch touchscreen. Installed in a vertical position, it provides access to the entire infotainment system as well as the climate controls.

As for driving aids, the P5 plays the high-end card. Thanks to 2 LiDARs, 12 ultrasonic sensors and 13 high-resolution cameras, the semi-autonomous Xpilot system recognizes other cars, cyclists, pedestrians and identifies other potential dangers.

A very accessible electric car

Expected next month in China, the XPeng P5 comes in six configurations. Called 460G, the basic version is announced from 157,900 yuan, or just under €21,000. A much more affordable price than a Tesla Model 3, announced from 235,900 yuan in its basic SR+ version (31,000 euros).

If it will be necessary to make some adaptations, in particular vis-à-vis the regulations, the launch of the XPeng P5 in Europe is already planned for 2022.

Version P5 Battery NEDC autonomy Price (yuan)
460G 55.9 kWh 460km RMB157,900
460E 55.9 kWh 460km RMB172,900
550G 66.2 kWh 550km RMB177,900
550E 66.2 kWh 550km RMB192,900
550P 66.2 kWh 550km RMB199,900
600P 71.4kWh 600km RMB223,900

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