Xpeng M03 (Mona) electric sedan exposed in China

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The Xpeng M03 has been revealed by a government regulator in China. This car was previously known as Mona and it had been expected that it would be a sub-brand under Xpeng. However, as we reported days ago the car is now a new series under Xpeng.

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Significantly we now know that the M03 is the smallest sedan from Xpeng to date. Dimensions are 4780, 1896 and 1445 mm (l/w/h) with a wheelbase of 2815 mm. However, although the length is shorter than the Xpeng P5 (see specs) the wheelbase is longer – for reference, the P5 is 4860 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2768 mm. Also significant is the weight with the M03 coming in by EV standards as quite a light car. There are two separate listings for the Xpeng M03 and one of the listings has two weights so the car depending on specifications weighs in at 1631, 1661 or 1739 kg.

Thanks to details of the Xpeng M03 revealed today by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) we also have pictures and other critical specifications. The car will be available with 17, 18 and 19-inch wheels.

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Lower spec versions, which account for the 1631 and 1661 kg weight models, will come with a TZ180XS120 electric motor that can deliver 140 kW maximum power. Reading through the specifications it seems that this version will be available without external cameras and radar which could well account for the 1631 kg version.

Higher spec versions only have a choice between 18 and 19-inch wheels while also benefiting from a more powerful TZ190XS01D01X 160 kW electric motor. Batteries pack sizes are currently unknown but the batteries are sourced from BYD’s Nanning battery factory and so will be lithium iron phosphate blade batteries. Earlier indications suggest the range is over 550 km (CLTC).

Although pure speculation it would seem that the two versions might mean the less powerful version is aimed at Didi and ride-sharing usage while the more powerful car is the one aimed at consumers.

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Previously Xpeng has said that the M03 would be unveiled in June and so we should soon have more information. We also know that the car will officially launch in the third quarter and be priced below 200,000 yuan (27,600 USD).

The Mona series started life as a collaboration between Didi and Xpeng with responsibilities divided between the two companies. According to the teaser poster Mona stands for “Made Of New AI” and significantly the poster states it’s “promoting AI-powered smart EVs worldwide” which could mean the car is destined for exports.

Source: MIIT

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