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    Xpeng G3 is the Chinese crossover to worry Volkswagen

    Xpeng is one of the few Chinese car companies to have ventured into Europe. With a design office in California and publicly traded on the New York stock exchange, Xpeng is unusual amongst Chinese car companies. And its G3 is a very convincing battery-powered crossover.
    Xpeng G3 is the Chinese crossover to worry Volkswagen

    With a design office in California and publicly traded on the New York stock exchange, Xpeng is unusual amongst Chinese car companies. And its G3 is a very convincing battery-powered crossover.

    Originally launched in 2018, the G3 has now been updated and it looks unlike anything else – which is refreshing, and symbolic of Chinese car design moving beyond imitation.

    With its narrow leading-edge bonnet and bumper integration, and slim headlamps, the 2021 G3 has a sleek profile and radical front glass profile. Its windscreen extends all the way back to the B-pillar, delivering an abundance of ambient light into the cabin.

    Inside there is a huge vertical infotainment touchscreen and you can have seats with blue and white trim.

    The G3’s infotainment system also benefits from enhanced processors, enabling it to recognize and execute driver voice commands with greater speed and accuracy. Powering the G3’s digital assistance features is a Snapdragon 820A auto-grade chip.

    Xpeng has also proved that software is the great enabler for electric vehicle ownership, with the company releasing 15 overt-the-air updates to G3 customers, since 2018. These have unlocked no less than 55 additional infotainment and digital car features.

    Two battery packs are offered for the updated G3. There is a 55kWh pack that delivers 460km of range, whilst the more potent 66kWh G3 is claimed to achieve 520km on a single charge.

    This article was originally published on Cars.co.za.

    Performance should be entirely adequate too, with the G3’s electric motor rated at 145kW and 300Nm of torque.

    How good is this Chinese electric car platform? Well, good enough for Xpeng to get Norwegian government approval, a not insignificant achievement, in one of the world’s most demanding electric vehicle markets.



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    Cars.co.za

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