Denza D9 EV debuts from RM254k – BYD-Mercedes-Benz JV’s electric people mover is menteri-worthy

Denza D9 EV debuts from RM254k – BYD-Mercedes-Benz JV’s electric people mover is <em>menteri</em>-worthy

This is the Denza D9, the latest model from Chinese car company Denza, a JV between BYD and Mercedes-Benz. It’s available as either a 4 seater or a 7 seater, with the former clearly aimed at the business (or political) traveller who prefer big vans as opposed to the usual S-Class/7-Series.

It’s a big MPV, measuring 5,250 mm long, 1,950 mm wide and 1,920 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3,110 mm. In terms of size, that puts it somewhere in between the smaller Toyota Alphard and the bigger Hyundai Staria.

Denza D9 EV debuts from RM254k – BYD-Mercedes-Benz JV’s electric people mover is <em>menteri</em>-worthy

As a 100% electric MPV, pricing starts from 390,000 yuan which is about RM254k at current exchange rates. This is for the 7-seater version. Depending on spec, this can go up to 460,000 yuan (RM299k) for a better appointed 7 seater, or you can upgrade to a luxurious 4 seater for 660,000 yuan (RM430k).

The Denza D9 uses BYD’s Blade batteries and while no specific kWh size was revealed, Denza quotes a maximum range of 600 km with peak charging of 166 kW.

Denza D9 EV debuts from RM254k – BYD-Mercedes-Benz JV’s electric people mover is <em>menteri</em>-worthy

For those who need more than 600 km of range, Denza also offers a plug-in hybrid variant of the D9. The hybrid version pairs a 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine to smaller motors and batteries, but the PHEV is still capable of DC charging at a 80 kW rate.

Pure electric range for the hybrid is 190 km, while total range is up to 1,040 km. The high DC charging rate and pure electric range indicates the PHEV’s battery is relatively big.

Denza D9 EV debuts from RM254k – BYD-Mercedes-Benz JV’s electric people mover is <em>menteri</em>-worthy

The interior features plenty of menteri-level luxuries such as a large panoramic sunroof, a fridge installed below the arm rest in between the front seats, 10-way adjustable second row captain’s chairs with footrests, heating, ventilating, and 10-point massage functions, and wireless chargers.

The thing is being a Chinese market brand, the Denza D9 is likely to be a left hand drive only model, so unfortunately chances of it being used by anyone in Malaysia as a parallel import will be slim. It’s rather well-received in its home market, reportedly selling 3,000 units in the first 30 minutes of being open for booking.

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After dabbling for years in the IT industry, Paul Tan initially began this site as a general blog covering various topics of personal interest. With an increasing number of readers paying rapt attention to the motoring stories, one thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history.



  • Menteri is way above T20,
    But T20 only RM10,9k/household to begin, RM 5.5k per Parent.
    Only able to afford car below RM 100k/ $22k, before adding in House and living expenses,
    Travel for wellness, Raya expenses, etc.

    Now, the menteri spend RM 5.8k/month on a car, which is higher than M40 per parent monthly salary. M40 max salary only about RM 10k per household, rm5k per parent.

    Just let it be, pls raise the Malaysia Economy well with the outstanding Rezeki dikasihi.
    If they do well, they deserve this advanced reward given.

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    • Sick & Tired on May 19, 2022 at 2:04 am

      Can’t. No thanks to PH we had spend millions to buy them a fleet of Alphards & Velfires. Kebanggangan PH terserlah from each of their decisions. We got lucky they stayed a short 22 months but the damage already done as if shortstay monkeys thrashing up the Airbnb and making nuisance to surrounding neighbours.

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  • If the menteri perform well, don’t need downgrade the benefits.
    Otherwise, not only local talent will leave the country,
    The politician may find otherwise for the essential satisfaction- Face Value.

    If profiteering, corrupted, it’s a different topic.
    As long as having good visionary, hit KPI, transparent and authentic.

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    • Hafiz Zainal on Feb 11, 2023 at 9:09 am

      how come dont downgrade, even PMX is not taking his salary, his daughter also not taking money…so, the best action for now gov is to cut expenses…that is what they are all about during campaign right? for me, this a big no no for menteri…just use whats in store…if you say you want to save money, save..if not, dont say it beforehand..

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  • Menteri- worthy? More like penunggang worthy

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  • Menteri is a special being?? U mean normal rakyat not worthy? Nonsensical.

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  • Haidi on May 18, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Alphard facelifted…

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  • I didn’t realise my taxes have gone to pay for fancy cars for mentari. How about the money go to fixing roads?

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  • Aller Gic on Feb 08, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    Chinese car. Ignorable like dogshit

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  • Outalingam Crap on Feb 11, 2023 at 10:12 am

    BYD had better make sure that the WLTP cycle for that D9 battery should be PROVEN to hit AT LEAST 500km

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  • Mark Lee on Jan 30, 2024 at 9:09 am

    With such MPV as quality and reasonably priced as Denza D9, any Alphard and Vellfire buyers would be deemed either stupid or brainless

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