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XPeng’s Mona first car spied ahead of next month launch

XPeng’s new Mona brand is expected to launch next month and intends to give XPeng a volume boost by producing a car aimed at ride-hailing companies such as Didi, China’s Uber equivalent. We recently found new pictures of the brand’s first car undergoing testing giving us the best idea yet as to what it will look like.

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The car has already entered the production trial stage (PT1) and is expected to enter PT2 soon. Price will be in the region of 150,000 yuan (20,800 USD) and the car is all-electric. After the first car is released next month deliveries should begin in the third quarter. Cars are being produced at XPeng’s original factory in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, which also produces the XPeng P7i.

We can see from the spy shots that the car has prominent T-shaped light clusters both front and rear. It appears to adopt a different design language to current XPeng models and seems to have a closed front grille at the front with a lot of contouring below the hood line. The car is expected to have a floating roof design along with concealed door handles. Through the camouflage at the back we see the car is likely to have a fairly simple design bar those T-shaped light clusters.

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We now also have much better spy shots of the interior. At first glance Mona’s first model takes a Tesla like approach to the front with just a large central infotainment unit of around 15-inches. However, there is what appears to be a tiny instrument screen at the base of the steering column, the value of this would seem to be questionable.

If this car really is aimed as a ride hailing car the rear is worrying, the spy shots don’t seem to show much legroom. It’s believed there will be options for either a black or a white interior, the spy shots obviously being of the white one.

Mona supposedly stands for “Made of new AI” and started life as a strategic cooperation agreement with Didi last year. XPeng subsequent acquired R&D from Didi’s Da Vinci smart electric vehicle project. The first Mona car is codenames F59.

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Mona’s F59 is known to at least on some models use BYD’s blade batteries and the car is expected to have a range of over 500 km.  The car uses Fuyao architecture and will include XNGP (XPeng assisted driving technology) along with the X-EEA3 electrical architecture. Sales will initially be through shop-in-shop stores within XPeng salesrooms before the Mona brand gets its own sales channels. XPeng’s chairman He Xiaopeng has previously said he expects sales of the new car to exceed those of the Xiaomi SU7.

Source: Autohome

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