SAIC Motor Maxus’ fully electric luxury family MPV, Dajia 7, started pre-sales at Chengdu Auto Show on Friday. The luxury MPV intended for families with more children will be sold for 259,800-299,800 yuan (36,100 – 41,700 USD).
The new MPV model is built on the company’s first generation E2 architecture that uses SAIC Motor and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL) jointly developed Rubik’s Cube battery with 64kWh, 77 kWh or 90 kWh capacity paired with an electric motor offering maximum power of 180 kW. The drive system offers 527 km and 605 km CLTC range. The 527km range EV version is offered for 259,800 yuan, while 605 km version comes in two trims for 279,800 (38,900 USD) and 299,800 yuan respectively.
Dajia 7 continus to follow MIFA series design principles. The front part looks very simple with a penetrating LED strips made of T-shaped headlight clusters on both sides creating a very futuristic design. In addition, the new car is equipped with a closed grille, which effectively reduces wind resistance and improves the overall sense of the front part.
Dajia 7 is built on 4,907/1,885/1,756 (1,768) mm chassis that sits on 2,975 mm wheelbase. It comes in 6- and 7-seat versions. 6-seat version comes in 2+1+3 seating arrangement, while 7-seater offers 2+2+3 arrangement. The front row of the new models adopts a single large screen design, with the instrument panel, center control screen and the passenger entertainment screen being equipped with 12.3 inch large screens. The vehicle carries Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8155 car chip, but the show car did not have HUD configuration. The display vehicle also offered electronic rear view mirror, which will be optional.
Maxus is a brand that belongs to the state-owned SAIC. It was initially based on the British LDV Maxus brand, which SAIC bought in 2010. LDV was a van maker in Birmingham that went out of business in 2008. Later, it was owned by companies such as Russian GAZ and Eco Concept before it ended up with SAIC in 2010.