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Tesla Model Y’s stylish new rival

Tesla Model Y’s stylish new rival

Zeekr, the luxury segment division of Chinese automotive giant Geely, has announced the first images and details of its electric SUV model 7X, based on the 007 models sold in China.

The 7X will compete with the Tesla Model Y in the market. Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Volkswagen ID.4, which will be launched in the second quarter of 2025.

Built on Geely’s proprietary SEA platform, the 7X has similar powertrain options as the 007 sedan; 75 or 100 kWh batteries and rear-wheel drive (416 hp) or all-wheel drive (637 hp).

According to China’s optimistic CLTC standard, the estimated driving range is expected to be between 600 and 750 km depending on the version, significantly higher than the European WLTP standard. Using high voltage (800V) will enable ultra-fast charging, adding around 500 km to the range in just 15 minutes.

The Chinese manufacturer has released images of a prototype with the camouflage decals commonly seen in test drives. However, its resemblance to the 007 is easy to recognise, including narrow front lighting units and a light bar running along the trunk lid. Sensors for the autonomous driving system are positioned at the front of the roof.

The driver’s environment is expected to be similar to 007, with a large 15-inch OLED touchscreen, curved digital instrument cluster and augmented reality head-up display.

Compared to the Tesla Model Y, the 7X is expected to be significantly larger, measuring 482.5cm long (7.5cm longer) and having a 292.5cm wheelbase (3.5cm longer).

The 7X will be a significant addition to Zeekr’s local showroom, as it will allow the brand to compete in a popular category with a modern platform, impressive performance, range and charging system. Will it pose a real threat to the dominant models in the category from Tesla, Hyundai and Volkswagen? We’ll be patiently waiting for an interesting comparison.