Maxus MIFA 9

  • 2024 Maxus MIFA 9 launched in Malaysia – 7-seat EV MPV; up to 435 km range; standard AEB; from RM270k

    2024 Maxus MIFA 9 launched in Malaysia – 7-seat EV MPV; up to 435 km range; standard AEB; from RM270k

    Weststar Maxus today launched the new Maxus MIFA 9, which gets the honour of being the first fully electric MPV to be sold in Malaysia. The MIFA 9 (also known as the Maxus 9) is offered in two fully-imported (CBU) variants, with the base Luxury retailing at RM269,888 on-the-road without insurance, while the top-spec Premium goes for RM289,888.

    Included with each purchase is a five-year, 100,000-km vehicle warranty as well as an eight-year, 200,000-km battery warranty. Six exterior colours are available, namely Mica Blue, Concrete Grey, Snow Cyan, Pearl Lustre White, Dynasty Red and Black.

    In terms of dimensions, the MIFA 9 measures 5,270 mm long, 2,000 mm wide, 1,840 mm tall and has a wheelbase that spans 3,200 mm. By comparison, the latest Toyota Alphard and Vellfire are 5,005 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,950 mm tall and have a wheelbase of 3,000 mm.

    Both variants of the MIFA 9 share the same electric powertrain, but the Luxury has a slightly higher combined WLTP-rated range compared to the Premium. This is likely due to the kerb weight, which is 2,410 kg for the Luxury and 2,535 kg for the Premium. The detailed specifications of the powertrain are as follows:

    • Electric motor output: 245 PS (241 hp or 180 kW) and 350 Nm; FWD
    • 0-100 km/h time: 9.2 seconds
    • Top speed: 180 km/h
    • Battery: 90 kWh ternary lithium-ion
    • Range (WLTP): 435 km (Luxury); 430 km (Premium)
    • AC charging: 11 kW (Type 2); 5-100% in 8.5 hours
    • DC charging: 120 kW (CCS2); 30-80% in 30 minutes

    Standard equipment for both the Luxury and Premium are dual power-sliding doors, 19-inch alloy wheels (different designs for each variant), LED headlamps and DRLs, LED rear fog lamps, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, front and rear powered sunroofs as well as a powered tailgate.

    Inside, there are three rows of seats in a 2-2-3 layout, with the second row being individual captain chairs that offer heating, massage, ventilation and Ottoman functions. The driver and front passenger seats are also powered with lumbar support and up to eight ways of adjustment.

    The interior follows a black theme and includes a microfibre/leather steering wheel, automatic air-conditioning with rear vents and air cleaner, a 64-colour ambient lighting system, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.

    Other items in the kit list for both variants include selectable drive modes (Sport, Normal, Eco), an electronic parking brake (with auto hold), illuminated door sills, keyless entry and start, privacy glass and a wireless charging pad.

    As for differences between the variants, the Premium’s captain chairs come foldable tables and individual touch panels to control comfort functions, while the front seats come with additional heating, ventilation and massage functions – the driver also gets a memory function. The seat upholstery for the Premium is also made of chamois leather instead of knitted fabric in the Luxury. Another difference is the number of JBL speakers, with the range-topper getting 12 instead of the eight that comes with the Luxury.

    Focusing on safety and driver assistance, the MIFA 9 comes standard with front, side and curtain airbags, ESP, ABS, brake assist, a seatbelt reminder system for all seats, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors as well as a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    The active systems are shared too and include adaptive cruise control, Integrated Cruise Assist, front and rear autonomous emergency braking, lane change assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver monitoring, speed assist, auto high beam, rear collision warning and emergency lane keep assist.

    2024 Maxus MIFA 9 launched in Malaysia – 7-seat EV MPV; up to 435 km range; standard AEB; from RM270k

    The Premium specifically gets a video rear-view mirror that streams a feed from a rear camera, which gives you an unobstructed view of what’s behind the vehicle. This isn’t fitted on the Luxury, which makes do with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror instead.

    As a special introductory promotion, the first 100 MIFA 9 customers will receive a complimentary 22-kW AC home charger. With a starting price that is significantly less than the Alphard (from RM538k) and Vellfire (from RM438k), and given the luxuries you get, would you consider getting the MIFA 9? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

    GALLERY: 2024 Maxus MIFA 9 Premium

    GALLERY: 2024 Maxus MIFA 9 Luxury

    GALLERY: 2024 Maxus MIFA 9 official photos

    GALLERY: 2024 Maxus MIFA 9 Malaysian brochure

     
     
  • Maxus MIFA 9 EV MPV launched in Singapore – 435 km range from 90 kWh battery; priced from RM979,679

    Maxus MIFA 9 EV MPV launched in Singapore – 435 km range from 90 kWh battery; priced from RM979,679

    MG Maxus 9 EV MPV at BIMS 2023

    The Maxus MIFA 9 fully electric MPV has been launched in Singapore, starting from S$282,999 (RM979,679) in the city-state. Offered in this market with a 90 kWh battery, this provides the electric MPV with a maximum range of 435 km according to Singaporean site Car Buyer.

    Known as the MG Maxus 9 in Thailand, this has made its debut in the market at the 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show in March, and is set to arrive in Malaysia. For comparison, MG Maxus 9 pricing in Thailand at launch started from 2,499,000 baht (RM331,900), up to 2,699,000 baht (RM358,400) for the top trim level.

    Charging at its maximum DC rate of 120 kW enables a 30-80% state of charge in 30 minutes, while charging at 11 kW AC replenishes the battery from 5% to 100% in 8.5 hours. This feeds a 180 kW (245 PS) and 350 Nm motor that drives the front wheels, propelling the MIFA 9 EV from 0-100 km/h in 9.2 seconds and to a top speed of 180 km/h.

    Measuring 5,270 mm long, 2,000 mm wide and 1,840 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3,200 mm, the MIFA 9 is the first fully electric premium MPV to go on sale in Singapore, reports Car Buyer, and is larger than the category’s stalwart Toyota Alphard and Vellfire MPV range (which have been given a full model change last month), over which the MIFA 9 has a 200 mm advantage in wheelbase.

    MG Maxus 9 EV MPV at BIMS 2023

    The three-row electric MPV seats seven, and the all-important middle row features a pair of electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated pilot seats with massage function, footrests and six-way adjustable armrests. behind these, the third row offers seating for three.

    Infotainment in the MIFA 9 is accessed through a 12.3-inch central screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the driver gets a seven-inch digital instrument display. Front occupants get a wireless device charging pad in the centre console, while all three rows get USB ports for device charging throughout the cabin. For devices with higher power requirements, the second row also has a 220-volt power outlet.

    Safety kit in the MIFA 9 includes a 360-degree panoramic view camera, 360-degree blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keep assist.

    Starting from S$282,999 (RM979,679) in Singapore in this seven-seater form, the Maxus MIFA 9 fully electric MPV will be joined in the Singapore market by an even more luxurious variant with ‘aeroplane-style’ middle-row seats which incorporate folding tables.

    GALLERY: MG Maxus 9 EV MPV at 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show

    GALLERY: Maxus MIFA 9 fully electric MPV

     
     
  • MG Maxus 9 EV MPV priced from RM330k in Thailand – 540 km range; fully electric rival to Toyota Alphard?

    MG Maxus 9 EV MPV priced from RM330k in Thailand – 540 km range; fully electric rival to Toyota Alphard?

    Pricing has been revealed for the MG Maxus 9 fully electric MPV in Thailand, where it is available in two variants – the X Luxury, at 2,499,000 baht (RM331,951), and the V Super Luxury, at 2,699,000 baht (RM358,518).

    The Thai-market launch of the Maxus 9 electric MPV is presented with an introductory package worth more than 120,000 baht (RM15,939) in total, and this is comprised of a complimentary MG home charger at 42,057 baht (RM5,579) with installation worth 18,692 baht (RM2,478).

    This also includes an eight-year, 200,000 km battery warranty and a five-year, 160,000 km vehicle warranty, along with unlimited roadside assistance with five-year unlimited limousine service in case of emergencies.

    MG Maxus 9 EV MPV priced from RM330k in Thailand – 540 km range; fully electric rival to Toyota Alphard?

    The electric MPV made its premiere at the 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show, where it was made available to book at a fee of 20,000 baht (RM2,594), which entitled customers to a 40,000 baht (RM5,192) discount upon delivery. While branded MG Maxus, this is a fully Maxus product, and the MG branding in Thailand is because it is sold via MG Thailand. In its native China, it is known as the Maxus Mifa 9.

    Measuring 5,270 mm long, 2,000 mm wide, 1,840 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3,200 mm, the Maxus 9 is slightly larger than the ubiquitous Toyota Alphard, which measures 4,945 mm long and 1,850 mm wide with a wheelbase of 3,000 mm, by comparison.

    Powertrain in the Maxus 9 is by a front-mounted motor producing 245 PS and 350 Nm of torque, feeding from a 90 kWh ternary lithium-ion battery offering up to 540 km of range on the older NEDC testing standard. A full charge via AC input at a maximum rate of 11 kW is achieved in 8.5 hours, while DC fast charging at 120 kW enables a 30-80% state of charge in around 36 minutes.

    Standard equipment beginning with X Luxury variant includes 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights with sequential turn signals, a front sunroof, a rear panoramic glass roof, faux leather upholstery, 64-colour ambient lighting, powered steering wheel adjustment, powered front seats as well as second-row captain chairs with massage and heating functions.

    Also on is automatic air-conditioning with second- and third-row vents, PM2.5 air filtration, seven-inch digital instrumentation, wireless phone charger, keyless entry and start, powered sliding doors and tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, eight speakers and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.

    The higher V Super Luxury trim level brings run-flat tyres, genuine leather, powered front seats with massage, heating, ventilation and driver’s side memory functions, captain seating in the second row, digital rear-view mirror, a 12-speaker audio system (the X starts with eight) and nine USB ports, up from seven in the X.

    MG Maxus 9 EV MPV priced from RM330k in Thailand – 540 km range; fully electric rival to Toyota Alphard?

    Safety systems in the Maxus 9 include driver monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a panoramic view monitor and all-around parking sensors.

    These are in addition to tyre pressure monitoring and auto brake hold, as well as the basic active safety systems such as stability control, ABS, EBD, brake assist and hill start assist.

    Priced at 2,499,000 baht (RM331,951) for the X Luxury and 2,699,000 baht (RM358,518) for the V Super Luxury, the Maxus 9 electric MPV is available in Pearl White and Black Knight across both variants, while the range-topping V additionally gets the choice of Granite Gray with a contrasting black roof finish for an additional 30,000 baht (RM3,978).

    GALLERY: MG Maxus 9 EV MPV at the 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show

     
     
  • Bangkok 2023: MG Maxus 9 – 3-row MPV with 90 kWh battery, 540 km EV range, 245 PS; Alphard alternative?

    Bangkok 2023: MG Maxus 9 – 3-row MPV with 90 kWh battery, 540 km EV range, 245 PS; Alphard alternative?

    This is the MG Maxus 9, which is an all-electric MPV that is being premiered at the ongoing Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) and is currently available for pre-booking with a fee of 20,000 baht (RM2,594), which will entitle customers to a 40,000 baht (RM5,192) discount when the car is officially delivered.

    Don’t be confused by the name. While it has two car brands – MG and Maxus – in its name, this is very much a product of the Maxus, which is a subsidiary of SAIC Motor that coincidentally also owns MG. The ‘MG’ is there because the MPV is sold by MG Thailand, but it should be noted the MPV is simply known as the Maxus Mifa 9 in its home market of China.

    Closely related to the Maxus G90, the Maxus 9 measures 5,270 mm long, 2,000 mm wide, 1,840 mm tall and has wheelbase of 3,200 mm. For context, the Toyota Alphard is slightly smaller when compared to the Maxus 9 at 4,945 mm long and 1,850 mm wide, while also having a shorter wheelbase of 3,000 mm.

    Bangkok 2023: MG Maxus 9 – 3-row MPV with 90 kWh battery, 540 km EV range, 245 PS; Alphard alternative?

    The electric powertrain in the Maxus 9 features a front-mounted motor rated at 245 PS (241 hp or 180 kW) and 350 Nm of torque. This is linked to a ternary lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 90 kWh, which is good for a range of 540 km following the NEDC standard. The battery can be fully charged in 8.5 hours with an AC input at a max of 11 kW, or get from a 30-80% state of charge in about 36 minutes with a DC fast charger capable of putting out 120 kW.

    In Thailand, the Maxus 9 will be offered in two grades, starting with the X. This comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights with sequential turn signals, a front sunroof, a rear panoramic glass roof, faux leather upholstery, 64-colour ambient lighting, powered steering wheel adjustment, powered front seats as well as second-row captain chairs with massage and heating functions.

    The list also includes automatic air-conditioning with vents for the second and third rows, PM2.5 air filtration, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, a wireless phone charger, keyless entry and start, powered sliding doors and tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, eight speakers and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.

    The next step up is the V grade, which adds on run-flat tyres, genuine leather upholstery, improved powered front seats with massage, heating, ventilation and driver’s side memory functions, VIP-style second-row captain chairs, a digital rear view mirror, four more speakers (for a total of 12) and nine USB ports (the base option gets seven).

    Safety and driver assistance kit are identical for both the X and V and include the usual passive systems (stability control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, hill start assist), auto brake hold (works with the electronic parking brake), tyre pressure monitoring, driver monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a panoramic view monitor and all-around parking sensors.

    Customers who pre-book the Maxus 9 will also be provided with a free home charger worth 42,057 baht (RM5,457) and free installation of said charger worth 18,692 baht (RM2,425). Other benefits include an extended vehicle warranty period of five years/160,000 km on top of an eight-year, 200,000-km battery warranty. The X grade is offered in two colours – Black Knight and Pearl White – with the V grade gaining a third option that is a two-tone Granite Grey with a black roof.

     
     
  • Maxus MIFA 9 – 93 kWh, 520 km range, RHD coming to UK, potentially Malaysia’s first electric MPV?

    Maxus MIFA 9 – 93 kWh, 520 km range, RHD coming to UK, potentially Malaysia’s first electric MPV?

    This is the Maxus MIFA 9, a fully electric MPV that can be had with electric sliding doors in either 6, 7 or 8 seater configurations as well as optional electrically extendable seats to suit wheelchair users.

    Sound familiar? Sounds exactly like an Alphard/Vellfire doesn’t it, except in this case the MIFA 9 is designed exclusively as a 100% electric vehicle.

    The MIFA 9’s CATL 90 kWh lithium ion battery delivering a range of up to 560 km on the NEDC cycle. Maxus says a larger battery option is in the works for a 650 km range in the future.

    The 90 kWh battery powers a 180 kW (240 hp), 350 Nm single motor on the front axle, which isn’t going to take it to 100 km/h in crazy sub-4 second times, but is sufficient for it’s purpose.

    Maxus MIFA 9 – 93 kWh, 520 km range, RHD coming to UK, potentially Malaysia’s first electric MPV?

    In case you were wondering what MIFA stands for – it’s actually named after the new platform that it’s built on – Maxus Intelligent Flexible Architecture, although the marketing department has decided an alternative meaning for it – Maximum, Intelligent, Friendly and Artistic.

    It’s big and spacious – measuring 5,270 mm long, 2,000 mm wide and 1,840 mm tall with a generous 3,200 mm wheelbase.

    There have already been a few MPVs like this developed for the China market, but sadly a lot of them end up being left hand drive only, focused on domestic sales. Outside of China, the only thing that can come close to being an electric Alphard is the Mercedes-Benz EQV, an electric version of the V-Class.

    But that’s built on a rear wheel drive van platform, and people are used to their luxury MPVs being built from passenger car platforms like the Alphard.

    Maxus MIFA 9 – 93 kWh, 520 km range, RHD coming to UK, potentially Malaysia’s first electric MPV?

    The Maxus MIFA 9 is also technically a Chinese MPV – it may have its roots in the old British LDV brand but it is a SAIC brand now. The good news is Maxus MIFA 9 will get a right hand drive version because that’s how they drive in the UK.

    SAIC also owns MG, which makes the MG ZS EV that was supposed be launched in Malaysia officially some time ago, but is currently only available at parallel importers.

    We wonder if there’s a chance the Maxus MIFA 9 might come to Malaysia, as we have an official Maxus franchise holder here – Weststar Maxus – with four models on sale – the G10 passenger MPV, the T60 pickup truck, and both passenger and panel van versions of the large V80 van.

    You can see quite a number of Maxus G10 running around as an alternative to the Hyundai Starex. It’s 5,168 mm x 1,980 mm x 1928 mm exterior dimensions with a 3,198 mm wheelbase is actually quite similiar to the Maxus MIFA 9.

    Given that the Weststar group’s affinity towards EVs in general – they have brought in quite a number of parallel import Honda, Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz EVs for sale, and have also started to invest in a DC charger network – we wonder if Weststar Maxus will eventually bring in the Maxus MIFA 9 for sale here.

    Lots of sedans and SUV body electric cars on sale here, if a bunch of those Alphards idling with their engines on while waiting outside schools were replaced with zero emissions family movers, it would make the air in school compounds a lot fresher, don’t you think?

    What about price? No official UK price yet, as that’s scheduled to be revealed only next month, but it is rumoured to go for 49,900 GBP, which translates to RM270k.

     
     
 
 
 

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