Denza D9 makes European debut at Geneva Motor Show

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THE Geneva Motor Show 2024 saw the unveiling of the Denza D9, marking the entry of the sub-brand into the European market.

For your information, Denza is a joint venture between BYD and Mercedes-Benz. The influence of the German car manufacturer is rather evident on the exterior and interior of the luxury people-mover.

Specifications for the European market have not been revealed yet, but it is expected to be similar to the Chinese market version, where the D9 is offered in plug-in hybrid and electric versions.

The PHEV version features a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 137 hp/231 Nm, and a single electric motor with 228 hp/340 Nm on the front axle. This combination generates a total power of 296 hp/571 Nm, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds.

With the addition of a rear electric motor, the AWD model enjoys a significantly higher output of 401 hp/681 Nm and a faster 0-100 km/h acceleration of 7.9 seconds.

On the other hand, the electric version of the D9 is driven by a front axle electric motor producing 308 hp and 360 Nm of torque. This version takes 9.5 seconds to reach a speed of 100 km/h.

Customers can also opt for the AWD model packing 369 hp and 470 Nm. The higher output reduces the 0-100 km/h acceleration time to just 6.9 seconds.

Both variants use a 103.4 kWh LFP Blade battery that provides a driving range of around 600 km for the AWD model and 620 km for the FWD model. These figures are based on the CLTC cycle.

Like most luxury MPVs currently in the market, the D9 has a boxy shape, electric sliding doors, and a large grille – with different designs to distinguish between the PHEV and EV versions.

Its size is also similar to its closest competitors, with a length of 5,250 mm, a width of 1,960 mm, a height of 1,920 mm, and a wheelbase of 3,110 mm.

Its large dimensions (larger than the LM) provide the D9 with spacious interior space, with almost every nook and cranny wrapped in luxurious leather.

The D9 features a 2-2-3 configuration with captain seats in the second row. You’ll find the cabin packed with plenty of features including a rear-seat entertainment system, control panels for the second-row seats, LED ambient lighting, a mini fridge, and a Dynaudio audio system.

According to reports, the D9 will be available in the European market by the end of this year.

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