• The Denza D9 is a plug-in hybrid or electric minivan being introduced to Europe.
  • It has a seven-seat layout and a luxurious interior with features like massaging seats and a fridge.
  • It is comparable in size to other minivans on the market, including the Lexus LM.
  • The electric version has a range of 373 to 385 miles (600 to 620 kilometers) on the CLTC cycle.
  • Denza is a sub-brand of BYD, and the D9 is not their only new model; they are also introducing the N7 electric SUV.

Geneva, Switzerland – February 2024 – Amidst the buzz of the 2024 Geneva Motor Show, Denza, a joint venture between Chinese automaker BYD and Mercedes-Benz, unveiled the D9 minivan, marking its grand entrance into the European market.

Following a strategic shift in 2021, BYD now leads the Denza brand’s foray into Europe, with the D9 positioned as a premium people mover aiming to rival established players like the Lexus LM. While not entirely new, having debuted in China last year, the Euro-spec D9 offers both plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and fully electric (EV) versions.

The D9 boasts a bold, boxy design with ample space, similar to other notable minivans like the Volvo EM90 / Zeekr 009 and the Toyota Alphard / Vellfire twins. Its expansive cabin, further enhanced by a panoramic sunroof, promises a comfortable and luxurious experience for families.

While Denza remains tight-lipped about specific European market specifications, the Chinese version provides a glimpse into its capabilities. The D9 measures a substantial 206.7 inches in length, 77.2 inches in width, and 75.6 inches in height, with a generous wheelbase of 122.4 inches.

Inside, the D9 seeks to surpass luxury SUVs with a lavish leather-appointed interior. The adaptable 2+2+3 seating configuration features adjustable and folding seats with ventilation and massage functions. The cabin is equipped with multiple screens, including rear-seat armrest displays, for controlling various features. Passengers can also enjoy a rear-seat entertainment system, a mini fridge, USB ports throughout the cabin, ambient lighting, and a premium Dynaudio sound system.

Specific details for the European market are yet to be revealed, but the Chinese D9 offers a PHEV option with a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine available in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. Battery options range from 20.39 kWh to 40.06 kWh.

The PHEV delivers a combined output of up to 296 horsepower and 421 lb-ft of torque, with all-wheel-drive models boasting a potent 401 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. For eco-conscious buyers, the EV variant promises impressive range and power, with up to 369 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque on all-wheel-drive models.

Scheduled for a European launch towards the end of the year, Denza’s D9 is poised to electrify the automotive landscape, offering a compelling combination of luxury, performance, and environmental responsibility.