The Denza N7 will go on sale later this month, with deliveries to begin in July.
BYD's premium new energy vehicle (NEV) brand Denza has seen the first production vehicles of the N7 SUV roll off the assembly line, Zhao Changjiang, general manager of the brand's sales division, said on Weibo today.
Zhao did not provide any more information, though shared two images of Denza celebrating the moment.
On June 13, Zhao said the Denza N7 had received more than 20,000 pre-orders before specifications and pricing were announced.
On March 26, he said there were many customers who wanted to get the Denza N7 released and on the market as soon as possible, and that the model was expected to receive 30,000 orders before its mid-year launch, according to the volume of inquiries.
Denza is a joint venture formed in February 2011 by BYD and Daimler, with each holding a 50 percent stake at the time. In February 2022, the Daimler brand was rebranded as Mercedes-Benz. BYD's shareholding in Denza increased to 90 percent last year.
In August 2022, Denza let the D9 MPV go on sale, the brand's first model after the reorganization. The Denza N7 is the second model after Denza's sharing-holding change and its first SUV.
On the first day of the Shanghai auto show on April 18, Denza opened reservations for the N7, but its pricing information was not released.
On December 20 last year, Zhao said on Weibo that the Denza N7 aims to capture the market for conventional internal combustion engine cars priced at around 400,000 yuan ($55,750).
On April 25, Denza said the N7 had received 10,569 pre-orders, just seven days after reservations opened.
On May 30, Zhao said at Denza's first brand day event that the Denza N7 would go on sale in late June, with deliveries to begin in July.
The Denza N7 is a 5-seat mid-size SUV with a length, width and height of 4,860 mm, 1,935 mm and 1,602 mm, respectively, and a wheelbase of 2,940 mm, a previous regulatory filing shows.
Denza's only model currently in delivery, the Denza D9, began deliveries at the end of October last year and sold 11,005 units in May this year, the third consecutive month in which it has exceeded 10,000 units.
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