The model was previously seen as possibly being named G7 or G5, and could be unveiled at the Shanghai auto show in two months.
(Image credit: Xchuxing)
XPeng's (NYSE: XPEV) new SUV to be launched this year will not be named the G7 or G5, but the G6, a new report said.
XPeng's fifth model will be named the G6 and will feature a new interior design, local automotive outlet Xchuxing said in a report today.
The report shared several spy photos of the XPeng model, saying it uses a new style steering wheel with a different instrument screen and center screen than the current models.
(Images shared by Xchuxing)
During an earnings call on August 24, 2022, XPeng management revealed that the company would launch a B-segment car in the first half of 2023 that would compete with the Tesla Model Y.
The model is seen as XPeng's model internally codenamed F30, the company's fifth production model. XPeng's first model was the G3 SUV, released in September 2016, and the company launched the P7 sedan, G3i SUV, P5 sedan, and G9 SUV in the past few years.
XPeng chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng said in a January 28 internal all-staff letter that the company will release two new models and revamp three existing older models in 2023, with a goal of delivering 200,000 vehicles this year, as previously reported by LatePost.
That report said that XPeng's new SUV would start at RMB 200,000 ($29,020)-250,000 and are expected to be unveiled at this year's Shanghai auto show.
In addition to the model codenamed F30, XPeng's other new vehicle is an MPV, internally codenamed H93, based on the H platform, with production scheduled to begin in September this year, the report said.
In addition to the spy photos shared by Xchuxing, several other spy photos of the G6 are circulating on social media today, showing what the model will look like.
Previously Chinese social media was abuzz with rumors that XPeng's Model Y rival would be named either the G7 or G5. The latest information indicates that the company does not appear to have adopted either of those names.
In addition, local auto media outlet Dongchedi reported in a February 19 story that the new XPeng P7 to be launched in China could be named P7i, similar to the XPeng G3i.
This also seems to be a recent change, as on February 3, XPeng announced that it launched the G9 and the new P7 to the European market, the latter not using the P7i name.
The new XPeng P7 appeared in a regulatory filing list in China last November, when the model still carried the name XPeng P7 on its rear end.
These may be the result of XPeng's reorganization of its product sequence after the addition of a new president.
XPeng announced on January 30 that Wang Fengying, formerly president of Great Wall Motor, has been named president of the company, effective January 30, 2023.
Ms. Wang will be responsible for XPeng's product planning, product portfolio management and sales operations, reporting to the company's Mr. He.
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