Zeekr 009 Electric MPV Specifications

Zeekr 009 Electric MPV Specifications

Is Geely Auto Group’s premium EV brand Zeekr banking on China’s new three-child policy in planning new products? Here’s everything we know about the Geely electric minivan (electric MPV) that will go on sale in China shortly. Progress at Zeekr is relentless, the company only teased the Zeekr 009 Electric MPV at the end of July, and today we have the first official photos showing the car in detail. The company was only founded in March 2021 and the 009 is its second model after 001 went on sale in October last year and sold 30,039 units to date.

The Chinese MPV market is growing quite fast, it wasn’t always the most popular segment – that title goes to sedan. Chinese customers are obsessed with rear seat room hence the strange extended versions of VW Passat or BMW 3 series. The market is changing though, buyers first realised the advantages of SUVs and now their attention is shifting towards MPVs and few companies are taking advantage of that.

Zeekr 009 Electric MPV

This is the Zeekr 009, a new fully electric MPV for the Chinese car market. It sports a daring design with boxy lines and an enormous silver plate for a grille. There are ADAS cameras and sensors on the front fenders, behind the windscreen, and under the license plate area.

Geely confirmed during its 2022 investor presentation (Geely Auto Group results) that its Zeekr EV brand would launch a “New luxury intelligent pure electric MPV” as part of its new tech/new cars strategy. It will be called the Zeekr 009, and the vehicle may be as spacious as the Maxus MIFA 9, Voyah/Lantu Dreamer, and the VW ID. Buzz.

Zeekr 009 Electric MPV Exterior

Spy shots of the Zeekr 009 (codename: Zeekr EF1E) appeared on the web in China in early March 2022, back when the media was incorrectly speculating it to be the ‘Zeekr 002.’ A story from Autohome said that the model photographed could debut this year, as the company had previously said it plans to launch an MPV in 2022. Zeekr has since revealed teasers and a few fully revealing pictures detailing the 009’s exterior details.

At the front, the Zeekr 009 features a huge, Rolls-Royce-inspired stately grille with a thick slab of chrome at the top and what looks like digital vertical struts.

On the sides, in addition to some typical features of minivans, such as sliding rear doors, large windows, and upright D-pillars, the 009 has sophisticated-looking alloy wheels, C-pillar trim, and door handles. The thick chrome strip above the windows may look tacky or unnecessary to customers in the global market. The kick in the beltline before the C-pillar is a neat touch, though.

At the rear, the electric minivan features an upright tailgate with a huge windscreen, T-shaped combination lamps, a narrow full-width light band right above the combination lamps, and a block-lettered brand logo.

Zeekr 009 Electric MPV Interior

Spy pictures have almost entirely revealed the interior of the Zeekr 009. The upcoming electric MPV features a curvy dashboard with a dark color on the top and beige below. There’s a decent amount of chrome trim, just the way Chinese customers like it, which divides the two layers of the dashboard and continues onto the door panels.

The steering wheel is compact and features a flattish bottom. On the other hand, the center touchscreen is a large display with a landscape orientation and curved corners. The instrument cluster is a fully digital display, so no surprises there. According to Geely, the Zeekr electric MPV will be a ‘luxury intelligent pure electric MPV,’ meaning it should feature connected car features and autonomous driving capability with ADAS.

The second row has two individual seats with electric adjustment and an extra-wide headrest featuring side bolsters. The armrests, at least the inner ones, could include a storage compartment. There’s a third row of seats, and while it’s not clear, it seems the width is just enough to accommodate two passengers.

Zeekr 009 Electric MPV Specifications

Built on the open-source Geely SEA platform, the Zeekr 009 could be more than 5.1 meters long, with the wheelbase taking up 3.1-3.3 meters of the length. It could offer seats for up to seven passengers. Details about the drivetrain layout, motor(s), and battery pack aren’t available yet, but Chinese media is expecting a (CLTC) range of 700 km (435 miles).

The Zeekr 001 provides a picture of the SEA’s capabilities. The electric SUV boasts a high-speed 800-volt charging system that enables it to accept direct current at 360 kW. A 100 kWh battery pack provides a range of 732 km (455 miles). Geely says that using the cell-to-pack (CTP) battery system in SEA platform EVs is possible. Two electric motors generate 400 kW (536 hp) of power and 768 Nm (566 lb.-ft.) of torque, allowing a quick 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 3.8 seconds. Geely says that SEA has the bandwidth to employ motors with power outputs of up to 475 kW (637 hp).

Zeekr plans one new launch every year

When Geely Auto Group announced the brand in March 2021, Zeekr said it aimed to launch a new EV every year for the next five years. Sales began with the Zeekr 001 electric SUV in October 2021, with a small number of customers invited to the plant to take delivery of the car. Since then, more than 20,000 cars have been delivered.

In 2023, the brand’s first model will start shipping to overseas markets. In the announcement on March 23, 2021, Geely said that the market strategy in the initial stage for Zeekr is focused on the Chinese customer, but it will certainly explore export opportunities to fulfill market demand globally for premium EVs.

The Zeekr 009 could roll out of the same ‘Zeekr Intelligent Factory’ in Ningbo, China. This plant, covering around 330 acres and featuring 5G connectivity across premises, has an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles.

Geely Auto Group aims to increase annual sales to 3.65 million vehicles by 2025, and some 18% of that volume would come from Zeekr models. The company wants Zeekr models to contribute 650,000 units to the annual sales by then.

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