Maxus MIFA 9: Alphard and Vellfire 7-seat all-electric rival to be launched in Malaysia next November
Weststar Maxus will launch the Maxus MIFA 9 in Malaysia next month and it is set to become the first all-electric MPV in our market. The official distributor of Maxus vehicles has been teasing the MPV for some time mainly through its social media channels, but just a few days ago the company revealed the exact launch date on its Facebook page.
While Weststar Maxus has already launched an electric vehicle for our market before in the form of the Maxus eDeliver 3, this model has been designed specifically for the commercial market. The MIFA 9, on the other hand, is a consumer-level MPV that is likely to compete in the same space as the popular Toyota Alphard & Vellfire.
Some might argue that there have already been several all-electric MPVs in Malaysia such as the Mercedes EQV and Volkswagen ID. buzz. However, these two vehicles were not officially launched in our market and these units were imported in grey.
Maxus MIFA 9 Quick Specifications
At the moment, it is not yet known how many variants of the electric MPV Weststar Maxus will bring to Malaysia. However, the MIFA 9 launched by SAIC in right-hand drive (RHD) markets like the UK, Australia and Singapore features a front-wheel drive setup.
The MPV is equipped with a 180 kW (241 hp) electric motor that also produces 350 Nm of torque and enables it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds. The MIFA 9’s top speed is 180 km/h, according to specification sheets from the three markets.
When it comes to the battery, the MIFA 9 features a 90 kW tertiary lithium battery pack that allows the multi-purpose vehicle to offer a WLTP range of up to 440 km depending on the variants in question. According to the Singaporean spec sheet, the MPV is capable of supporting a DC fast charger with a capacity of up to 120 kW and takes about 30 minutes to charge its battery from 30% to 80%.
The MPV also has AC charging capability although charging the MPV through this method takes much longer. Specifically, you’re looking at a charging time of around 8.5 hours to get from 5% to 100% via the onboard 11kW MIFA 9 charger.
It’s not clear if Maxus includes the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) feature for MIFA 9 released outside of China. In its home country, V2L technology is a standard feature on all models and allows the MPV to power external electrical appliances with up to 6.6 kW of power.
There are still a lot of features about the MIFA 9 that we would love to talk about but for now, let’s save it for once the all-electric car is officially launched in Malaysia. So, stay tuned for more coming your way on November 8th.