Guangzhou Auto Show round up 2021.

By Mark Andrews

Car Design News.

China’s second largest motor show of the year at Guangzhou didn’t fail to disappoint with the sheer number and breadth of new cars on show. Unsurprisingly, EVs dominated but there were still a few combustion engined launches on some of the stands

XPeng G9 Hailed by many as the star of the show, it is certainly one of the standout cars. But the XPeng G9 doesn’t take too many chances on the design front, repeating a now familiar formula. Possibly the most important design element isn’t actually on the car itself, but XPeng’s new logo. This now apes more the family face of XPeng with cut outs in the X-shape which give the impression of headlights.

The XPeng G9 is the first model to feature the new logo on the now familiar robot family face. Driving the car is the new XPilot 4.0 system which gives start to park driving assistance. Lidar forms part of the related sensor suite and the G9 buries these in the headlight cluster. It is XPeng’s first model to be designed from the outset with both domestic and international markets in mind. A high waistline runs the length of the car and divides it according to the golden ratio and there is a short, front overhang together with a long rear overhang. The G9 benefits from the XPower 3.0 powertrain, one of the first 800V platforms in China, allowing the car to add 200km of range in five minutes when charged at a 480kWh outlet.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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