What kind of electronics manufacturer would it be if its first car wasn’t an electric car? The Xiaomi SU7 is an electric sedan whose series production is sponsored by the Chinese concern BAIC. And as you may have guessed, this is not a grand gala premiere, but yet another premature leak from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Although it doesn’t look like it from the photos, it’s not a small thing. The SU7 model has a length of almost five meters and a wheelbase of three meters. Depending on the specification, the car wears wheels from nineteen to twenty inches, and according to the published information, three versions will be available, some of which are also equipped with an active rear spoiler or a multifunctional LiDAR system.
The customer will be able to choose from two variants – a basic rear wheel with one electric motor and a power of 220 kW, for the more demanding there is a four-wheeler with two electric motors with a system power of 495 kW. The weaker version weighs 1,980 kg and can whiz by at 210 km/h, the four-wheeler weighs 2.2 tons, but it still goes up to 265 km/h. We have not yet learned the data on the acceleration from rest to a hundred, as well as battery capacities and ranges.
There will be a plethora of modern technologies. The camera on the B-pillar suggests that facial unlocking will also be part of the equipment. In turn, the built-in ETC function will allow Chinese drivers to pay tolls on tolled sections without stopping the car. The car’s multimedia will run on HyperOS, which Xiaomi uses for its smartphones.
The BAIC plant has already produced dozens of test cars, which are currently plying Chinese roads under a layer of camouflage film. Serial production is scheduled to start in December this year, and deliveries to the first customers will start in February 2024. However, the manufacturer has not yet disclosed any information about the prices of the individual variants. It also keeps the possible availability of an electric car in Europe to itself.
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