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Zeekr 009 Is a Swanky Electric Minivan from Volvo’s Parent Company

  • The Zeekr 009 is a new electric minivan built by Geely, which also owns Volvo, Polestar and Lotus.
  • The 009 packs either a 116.0- or 140.0-kWh battery, and the dual-motor setup produces 536 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.
  • The interior has a 15.6-inch screen for the second-row captain’s chairs and a Yamaha surround sound system with 20 speakers.

While Volvo’s path to the era of electric cars is led by a slew of SUVs – from the XC40 and C40 Recharge to the upcoming full-size EX90 – another brand owned by Volvo’s parent company Geely is taking a different approach. Sold exclusively in the Chinese market, Zeekr began production of its first EV last year, with the 001 taking the form of a sleek station wagon. Now Zeekr has unveiled its second electric vehicle, the 009, which arrives with a blocky minivan body with brutalist styling.

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The 009 rides on the same platform as the 001, which also underpins the Smart #1. Two versions of the electric minivan are available. One packs a 116.0-kWh battery that offers 436 miles of range, and upgrading to a massive 140.0-kWh battery offers 511 miles of range on China’s test cycle, typically yielding more optimistic results than the test that carried out by the EPA. Zeekr claims the 116.0 kWh battery can recharge from 10 to 80 percent in 28 minutes. The 009 also shares the dual-motor drivetrain found in the 001, giving the all-wheel-drive minivan 536 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough thrust to propel this brick to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds.

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Along with impressive performance figures, the 009 stands out thanks to its unorthodox design. The boxy grille has a series of vertical LED light strips and a shiny chrome finish, and while the headlights are a simple upside-down U shape, the taillights have dozens of intricate LED units. Despite the chunky styling, Zeekr claims a drag coefficient of 0.27 for the 009. The 20-inch wheels are supported by unequal-length control-arm suspension up front and a multi-link design in the rear and air suspension all around.

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With the 009 stretching 205 inches long, its interior is cavernous and luxurious, with room for six and leather-wrapped, massaging captain’s chairs in the second row. The dashboard centers around a 15.4-inch touchscreen, with a 10.25-inch display in place of a gauge cluster, while the second row is treated to a 15.6-inch ceiling-mounted display . There is also a Yamaha surround sound system with 20 speakers. The 009 is dripping with futuristic technology, with voice and facial recognition, an artificial intelligence virtual assistant, and 30 advanced driver assistance systems that work via a dozen cameras and 13 radar sensors.

The 116.0 kWh version will start at the equivalent of $68,450 at current exchange rates, while the 140.0 kWh 009 will cost $80,660. Deliveries will begin in January, and while the 009 will most likely never reach American shores, we hope the out-of-the-box thinking migrates to Geely’s other brands: Volvo, Polestar and Lotus.

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