Li Auto has launched the L9 full-size luxury crossover SUV in China which will compete against the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7 in Chinese market.
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L9 is an EREV (range extender electric vehicle) which means the 1.5L four-cylinder engine it has, only powers the battery. The L9 is powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 330 kW (449hp) and 620 Nm. With them on board, the L9 can reach from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. There is a ternary (NMC) battery with a 44.5-kWh capacity. In the all-electric mode, the L9 can run up to 215 km (CLTC) or 180 km (WLTC). The range extended with the engine reaches massive 1,315 km (CLTC) or 1,100 km (WLTC).
Exterior of Li Auto L9
The design shows a very simplistic approach instead of an overly complexed language. The front bears a slim light bar that runs the entire width of the fascia while the main light units are located at the bumpers. The sides feature flush door handles, and large window spaces while the rear end perfectly mimics the front with a similar slim light bar. Devoid of sharp creases, the overall design is very smooth & serene. The L9 also has an air suspension, which means you can adjust its ride height by 80mm as desired, and there are 7 exterior colors to choose from.
Inside, the dashboard features large twin-screen setup, each screen measuring 15.7 inches with 3K resolution. The instrument panel is located on the steering wheel in form of a 4.8-inch screen that is also customizable. There is another 15.7 inch 3K resolution screen mounted on roof for the second row passengers. The L9 has a 6-seat layout (2/2/2) and each of them is power adjustable. Each seat comes with heating function, even the third row seats as well. As for the first and the second row, the seats here have ventilation and massage functions.
Interior color options of L9
There are three interior color schemes available– white, coffee brown and orange, each accentuated with black. Other things worth mentioning are the 256-color ambient lighting, the 2160W sound system with 21 speakers, two wireless phone charging pads, and the drinks cooler/heater in the second row. The Li Auto L9 is also equipped with 6 microphones and 3 dToF sensors inside. All of them are made to monitor the speech and movements of the passengers helping to operate the screen with their hands. The screen for passengers also supports a Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5.
In terms of driver assistance systems, the L9 gets 25 sensors, including a LiDAR sensor, 11 cameras, millimeter-wave radar, and 12 ultrasonic radars. Two Nvidia Orin-X chips power the intelligent driving system of the L9. Their combined computing power reaches 508 TOPS. The L9 can also avoid collision and is capable of self-parking.
The Li Auto L9 is priced at 459,800 yuan (PKR 1 crore 44 lac) and is available for order against 5,000 yuan (PKR 158,500).
Li Auto was formed in 2015 and its first vehicle the Li Auto One was launched in early 2020. Worth mentioning is that the owners of the 2020 model Li Auto One will get the 10,000 yuan (PKR 3.15 lac) discount on the purchase of L9, whereas owners of the 2021 Li Auto One will get 30,000 yuan (PKR 9.46 lac) off. Deliveries of the Li Auto L9 will begin in Chinese market in August 2022.
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