Sunday, July 16, 2023

Zhiji Automobile Launches its First Luxury SUV for $45,348

 Electric vehicle technologies continue to evolve, paving the way for different models to meet different needs. Recently, Chinese automaker SAIC launched its first electric sports utility vehicle under its Intelligence in Motion (IM) premium brand. This high-end offering, targeting premium users, has a price range of RMB 309,800-RMB 459,800 ($45,348-$67,305) and is scheduled for delivery in March. Here are the details…

Zhiji Automobile Launches its First Luxury SUV Model with Blind Orders Surpassing 10,000

Zhiji Automobile, the high-end EV brand jointly established by SAIC Motor, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech, and Alibaba Group, has officially launched its second model, the Zhiji LS7 SUV. The new car is positioned as a smart pure electric mid-to-large luxury SUV and comes in 6 versions, with prices ranging from 309,800 yuan to 459,800 yuan.

One of the standout features of the LS7 is its power capabilities, with the four-wheel drive version boasting a maximum power of 425kW and a peak torque of 725Nm. The rear-drive version is no slouch either, with a maximum power of 250kW and a peak torque of 475Nm. These impressive power figures translate to acceleration times of 4.5s and 6.5s respectively, from zero to 100 kilometers.

In terms of battery life, the LS7 comes with a 100kWh high-energy battery from a joint venture between CATL and SAIC, which can achieve a charging speed of 400 kilometers in just 26 minutes. This translates to a cruising range of 625km for the four-wheel drive model and 660km for the rear drive model.

The LS7 is also equipped with a range of intelligent hardware, including the NVIDIA OrinX ultra-high computing power intelligent driving chip, dual laser radar, and the Qualcomm 8155 intelligent cabin SoC chip. Zhiji Automobile believes that the level of intelligent driving is driven by data and algorithms, rather than just hardware.

Zhiji Automobile’s Navigation Assisted Driving (NOA) has already been launched in cities across the country, and NOA based on high-precision maps is set to begin public testing before the end of the year. The company also plans to replace high-precision maps with DDLD algorithms and complete the development of city navigation without high-precision maps by 2023.

Blind orders for the LS7 have already exceeded 10,000, which shows that the new SUV has a certain volume trend. The lowest price of the LS7, 309,800 yuan, has been further lowered compared to the first model, the Zhiji L7, which was officially launched in April 2022 with an official price of 368,800 yuan to 408,800 yuan. This pricing strategy may have an impact on Feifan Automobile, another mid-to-high-end pure electric brand under SAIC Motor.

The Zhiji LS7 is a highly capable and well-equipped electric SUV that is sure to turn heads in the industry. Its impressive power and battery life, combined with its advanced intelligence and navigation capabilities, make it a strong contender in the electric SUV market.