China’s Denza X Electric SUV Is A Mercedes-Benz In All But Name

Less than a month after we received the first exterior images of the production Denza X, we now have the first official photos of the electrified crossover’s interior. A product of the joint venture between Daimler and China’s BYD, but more importantly, the design child of the former, the Denza X unashamedly incorporates Mercedes-Benz influences, from the seat designs, to the trimmings, air vents and everything in between. If you’ve driven any recent Benz’s, you’ll feel right at home here.

We’ll have more on the Denza X on November 22  when it will be fully revealed at the  Guangzhou Auto Show. [Updated 11/14/2019]

Earlier this year, China’s EV brand Denza, a 50:50 joint venture between BYD and Daimler, presented the sleek Concept X designed by Mercedes-Benz.

Since things move really fast in China’s auto industry, the company has already revealed the production model that’s called the Denza X. The midsize crossover stays remarkably close to the concept from a styling standpoint, although the pop-out door handles and rearview cameras haven’t made it to the production model.

The bumpers have also been modified, as have the lights. Inside, the 4.89-meter (192.5-inch) long SUV offers seven seats and a dashboard dominated by a massive center display that can rotate, changing its orientation from portrait to landscape and back. The Denza X also features a fully digital instrument panel.

Also Read: Toyota And BYD To Co-Develop Electric Vehicles For China

Chinese customers will be able to choose from two powertrains, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric. The PHEV combines a 192 PS (189 HP) 2.0-liter turbo-four gasoline engine, two electric motors, and a battery. The motor mounted on the front axle delivers 150 PS (148 HP) while the one at the back produces 245 PS (242 HP).

It’s the same powertrain found on the BYD Tang, with which the Denza X shares its underpinnings. With a usable output of more than 400 PS (396 HP), the plug-in hybrid model is said to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds.

As for the all-electric version, it’s powered by a single electric motor delivering 245 PS (242 HP) and can cover around 500 km (311 miles) on a single charge according to the NEDC cycle. Denza will release more details about its new model at the November launch, with deliveries in China expected to start in early 2020.

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  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    PLEASE let these turds stay in CHina

  • this is the future, all these euro brands will be deduced to design studios for chinese brands, just like chinese phones now have european cameras and other components

  • WalthamDan

    Looks like a Buick Enclave with a different snout

  • Joe

    Styled by Mercedes is an odd way to market it, since Denza is the JV between BYD and Daimler so it should be more than just styled by them… and it’s not like it’s an amazing job either, being a pretty light reskin of the regular BYD Tang…

    • MP Palić

      this is even better

      • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

        That car comming to some Markeds in Europe in 2020,

  • Marc Gruben

    Wait a minute! In the photo gallery, am I seeing the center “infotablet” being displayed in both portrait and landscape modes? As in, adjustable depending upon driver preference? If so, that’s a game-changer.

    • Joe

      That’s been a feature on various Chinese EVs since at least last year, just nowhere in the media outside of China has covered it. I agree, it’s a pretty good idea, and probably uses the same tech an iPad does to know which orientation it’s set at. I guess the trade-off is that it can’t really be integrated into the design in any real way, since integrating it fully would require the orientation to stay the same always, so you end up with it looking fairly tackily attached on some kind of bracket, with the dash space behind it’s rotational area having to be effectively useless.

  • Arct1c

    Generic. Bland. Boring. Blah.

  • JRP

    Tesla Model X

    Roewe Marvel X

    XPeng Identity X

    Aion LX

    Denza X


  • HawkeyeVG

    Looks like it had an allergic reaction…


    • sidewaysspin

      As opposed to that blob-ish thing higher up this concept looks nice.

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      No thats not mercedes design at all, more like a Toyota design


  • Nowan

    what’s the point having styled by Mercedes benz if it doesn’t look like a Mercedes…..

  • sidewaysspin

    That’s a really horrible design.

  • Stephen G

    Damn good looking car, way better than the Tang. Hopefully, with Schremp gone, BYD with have more luck with their “joint venture” than Chrysler did.

  • Robert

    Denza should immediately ask Mercedes for a refund on the “design services”

  • pcurve

    doesn’t look bad? what’s the hate?

  • TheBelltower

    The interior is fine. Whoever penned the exterior needs to go back to design school.

  • sidewaysspin

    China still pretending they are a capitalist country.

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