MIFA 9 all-electric MPV to make its debut in the UK at the end of 2022
Luxurious Maxus EV will be available as a choice of seven or eight seat versions
In a report by Auto Express, a new all-electric MPV is due to arrive in the UK by the end of 2022. Called the Maxus MIFA 9, it will be built by Chinese carmaker SAIC MOTOR who picked up failed British van manufacturer LDV back in 2010. It will also be the company’s first EV to be built using its new MIFA electric architecture.
Initial indications suggest it will be available as a seven- or eight-seater and will focus more on being a luxurious option for buyers. Features will include luxuries like electrically adjustable seats, plus added massage functions. Hop into the rear of the vehicle and you’ll find touchscreens built into the armrests of the seats with extendable footrests. However, some of these features may well only be available in top-of-the-range models.
The infotainment system looks like it won’t disappoint either and includes a couple of multimedia display screens that are used for navigation and front passenger entertainment. Other technology includes driver-assistance that is used to centre the car in narrow lanes plus parking assist which offers the driver a view of 150 metres around the vehicle. Finally, sliding doors will definitely help, especially in packed car parks or tight spaces.
Power-wise, there will be a single motor powered by a 90kWh battery which Maxus explain will offer a driving range of around 323 miles on a full charge using the NEDC test programme. These figures are expected to be reduced after it’s converted to WLTP range.