This is the Denza D9, the latest model from the Chinese car company Denza, a JV between BYD and Mercedes-Benz. Available as a 4-seater or 7-seater, the former is clearly aimed at business (or political) travelers who prefer larger vans than the usual S-Class / 7-Series.
It is a large MPV, 5,250 mm long, 1,950 mm wide and 1,920 mm long, with 3,110 mm wheelbase. In terms of size, it puts it somewhere between the smaller Toyota Alfred and the larger Hyundai Starry.
As for 100% electric MPV, the price starts from 390,000 yuan which is about RM254k at current exchange rate. This is for the 7-seater version. Depending on the spec, it can go up to 460,000 yuan (RM299k) for a well-appointed 7-seater, or you can upgrade to a luxury 4-seater for 660,000 yuan (RM430k).
The Denza D9 uses BYD’s blade battery and when no specific kWh size is revealed, the Denza cites a maximum range of 600 km with a maximum charging of 166 kW.
For those who need a range of more than 600 kilometers, Denza D9 also offers a plug-in hybrid variant. The hybrid version combines a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine with smaller motors and batteries, but the PHEV is still capable of charging DC at 80 kW.
The pure electric range for the hybrid is 190 km, with a total range of 1,040 km. The high DC charging rate and pure electric range indicate that PHEV’s batteries are relatively large.
Lots of internal features Minister-Lovel luxury such as a large panoramic sunroof, a fridge installed under the arm rests in the front seats, 10-way adjustable second row captain’s chair with footrest, heating, ventilation and 10-point massage function and wireless charger.
The thing is a brand in the Chinese market, the Denza D9 could probably be a left-hand drive model, so unfortunately no Malaysian is less likely to use it as a parallel importer. It has been quite popular in its home market, with 3,000 units reportedly sold in the first 30 minutes of being open for booking.