Zeekr appoints Sentinel Automotive as Malaysian partner – X SUV and 009 MPV due in later this year

Zeekr appoints Sentinel Automotive as Malaysian partner – X SUV and 009 MPV due in later this year

Last week, Zeekr held a private preview of its Zeekr X SUV in Malaysia, indicating that the Geely-owned EV brand was on its way in to Malaysia. Now, that has been confirmed, with the Chinese company announcing that it has signed a cooperation agreement with Sentinel Automotive, which will be its local partner in Malaysia. It also inked a similar agreement with PT Premium Auto Prima in Indonesia, CarNewsChina reports.

The company will set up its first Malaysian outlet in Kuala Lumpur, with stores in other major areas such as Penang and Selangor also expected to be built later this year, and these will begin selling the X SUV and Zeekr 009 MPV, the first two models announced for both the Malaysian and Indonesian markets.

The automotive news site added that the first right-hand drive versions of the X rolled off the production line in China last week, with overseas deliveries expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, essentially indicating when the brand will make its debut here.

Zeekr appoints Sentinel Automotive as Malaysian partner – X SUV and 009 MPV due in later this year

The X, which is underpinned by Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) platform, is sold in China in single-motor RWD or dual-motor AWD forms. The single-motor version has 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm in the way of output, and this allows the SUV to accomplish the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.8 seconds. As for the AWD, it has 428 PS (315 kW) and 543 Nm, which brings the century sprint time down to 3.8 seconds.

If those figures sound familiar, they are, identical to that of the smart #1 Premium and Brabus. The similarities continue with the batteries, with a 66 kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) unit offering 560 km of travel for the RWD and 512 km for the AWD, on a CLTC cycle (real-world range should be closer to the respective 440 km and 400 km quoted for the smart #1 in the WLTP cycle). As for charging, 150 kW of DC charging gets the battery from 10 to 80% SoC in 30 minutes for the smart, so that for the Zeekr should be similar .

As for the 009, it’s luxury EV MPV that is longer, wider and sits lower than the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire, so it’s not puny. In its domestic market, the 009 runs with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system, and with 544 PS (400 kW) and 686 Nm on tap, the big MPV can haul rapidly, doing the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.8 seconds. Two NMC battery choices are available, 116 kWh and 140 kWh, and these offer a CLTC range of 702 and 822 km respectively.

GALLERY: Zeekr X at BIMS 2024

GALLERY: Zeekr 009 at BIMS 2024

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  • AkooIm on Jun 10, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    Well… Geely will just let P1 tinkering with their oudated junk & then drown in their own piss…

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  • Another Quality Products on Jun 10, 2024 at 2:26 pm

    From motherland

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  • john is otak batu on Jun 10, 2024 at 2:32 pm

    001? the most anticipated model aimed by fans

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  • anonymous on Jun 10, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    interested to see how they will price this one tbh. looks pretty sleek.

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  • Mike Tee on Jun 10, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    The 009 sells for ¥500,000 (RM323k) and ¥590,000 (RM375k) in China. After transport, AP, dealer margins they’d go for what, RM400k and RM460k?

    The Alphard sells at a still frankly preposterous ¥850k (RM550k) in China, which used to be >¥1m so the 009 is competitive there. Kind of too close to Alphard in MY market.

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    • the Sentinel Zeerk 009 MPV
      compete with
      MG Maxus 9 MPV that start from 2.5mil Baht.
      2,500,000 THB = 320,746 MYR
      coming soon right now will be Maxus 7 too.
      since malaysia have MG4 Xpower, it could come too.

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      • Mike Tee on Jun 11, 2024 at 11:15 am

        Man, the Maxus 9 starts from ¥200,000 or RM129k in China. How are they selling for RM320k in Thailand?

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