Daimler Unveils Denza 500, A Chinese EV With 500Km Of Range

Daimler’s commitment to the EV segment and Chinese car market has been strengthened with the introduction of the Denza 500.

Created by the Denza brand, which is part of the Daimler and BYD joint venture, it’s actually an evolved version of the Denza 400 that was launched two years ago.

In addition to the styling changes made at the front and rear, the all-electric minivan features a new battery that provides an extended range of around 500 km (311 miles), hence the ‘500’ name. It also gets a weight reduction compared to the previous model, which uses a 62kWh battery range and can travel for up to 400 km (249 miles) on a single charge.

No technical details have been announced yet, but the Denza 500 is seen as an important contributor to the “development of electric mobility in China“. as Daimler put its. It’s also said to be able to cope with extreme weather after being tested in temperatures as low as -40C (-40F).

Things haven’t changed that much inside, but the company mentions a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s larger than before. Features such as smartphone connectivity, navigation system, climate control, multi-function steering wheel and leather upholstery are also available, while the foot-operated parking brake appears to have been replaced by an electronic one.

Just like the 400, the Denza 500 EV is aimed solely at the Chinese market, where it’s expected to go on sale later this year.

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  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    Can se it baced on 1st gen MB b-class

  • Jp

    This hatch shape is the weirdest thing I’ve seen this year – and unfortunately not in a good way.

  • Soob

    The back window is weird.

  • Christian Wimmer

    500 km of range… so in the real world 200 km, right? And if you go a little faster the range drops to 130 km, right?

  • Knotmyrealname

    Hmmmm…. makes me think that the Chinese have NO taste.

  • Slightly modified exterior design (interior looks good), and this would sell like hotcakes in Europe.

    • Matt

      So Europeans want a EV based on a re-styled 1st gen Mercedes B-Class?

  • iea96

    What an egg

  • exeptor

    It looks like a good interpretation of Renault Scenic RX4. Could be because I got really hyped by the whole EV idea or some other odd reason but I like it. If this 500 km range is relatively accurate in real life I only hope for the price tag to be something reasonable.

  • PlonPlon

    I would say the Renault 16!

    • Marty

      That’s even better!
      Instant “old Renault” vibe in any case.

  • PlonPlon

    The 3/4 view immediately made me think of the Renault 16!

  • wait a minute
    • Jp

      Don’t insult the Renault 16 please…

  • Eric

    The Ugly Butt bar has been lowered… ayoye.

  • Car Design Fan

    Well, the good thing is that it’s not a copy/mock/ridiculous mashup of an existing cars. 10 points for originality !
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4d66f22a9c89fb25e7da91e3ffce14812293ba05844623e83838e43a56bd399c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/589f6ecea0e8ce0e4b21a04b061ce37ce052547523483e685e9e178d7de66352.jpg
    Although it does remind certain older days Renaults… and the front also reminds a little bit of modern Reault/Nissan fronts – mainly megane/scenic/tiida.

  • erly5

    Pretty awful looking thing with old Renault overtones and not in a good way. First gen Koleos springs to mind.


  • Antonio

    Actually… it looks weirdly cool.

  • Autoexperte

    that´s a Mercedes

  • Mkay I actually think the front looks half decent… but wtf were they doing with that weird sunken rear window. If they’d just pushed it out to flush it would’ve looked way better.

  • donald seymour

    Hmmm… that’s an interesting looking turd.

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