Chinese automakers face challenges in keeping upcoming vehicle details under wraps, with each new vehicle requiring approval for sale by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), accompanied by public disclosure for feedback consideration. In the latest MIIT publication, insights into the updated Zeekr 001 have emerged, showcasing notable changes.
Among the key updates is the introduction of a new battery option for the Zeekr 001, now offering a 95 kWh LFP battery pack alongside the existing 100 kWh NMC pack. Interestingly, the absence of the 140 kWh Qilin battery in the MIIT file raises questions about its availability in the updated model or potential future iterations.
Beyond battery enhancements, the Zeekr 001 undergoes a significant powertrain upgrade. The previous 272 hp (200 kW) RWD version has been replaced by a more potent 415 hp (310 kW) model, reflecting Zeekr's response to the weight increase associated with the new LFP battery pack, which weighs approximately 720 kg.
In the AWD variant, power receives a substantial boost as well, with the 400 kW dual-motor setup replaced by two electric motors generating 580 kW, equivalent to 778 hp. Although performance figures remain undisclosed, improvements in acceleration are anticipated, with the previous model achieving the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 3.8 seconds.
Both models featuring the new LFP battery offer promising ranges, with the RWD version reaching up to 722 km and the AWD version up to 675 km. Alternatively, the 100 kWh NMC pack slightly enhances these figures to 750 km and 705 km, respectively. Optional larger wheels for the AWD version result in a range reduction of approximately 50 km, albeit based on CLTC standards.
Visual updates include new front and rear bumpers, alongside additional color options. Notably, the inclusion of a LiDAR sensor above the windshield marks the first-time feature for the Zeekr 001, indicating advancements in autonomous driving capabilities.
While exterior changes remain subtle, the substantial powertrain upgrades bridge the gap between models, with the entry-level 415 hp variant poised to address diverse driver needs and better compete in the EV market. Plans for the model's introduction in Europe remain undisclosed, but its debut in China suggests a potential future presence in other markets.