It represents a sleek and aerodynamic sedan that wants to compete for customers with, for example, the Tesla Model S or the Porsche Taycan. And it’s a decent piece of car, the Xiaomi SU7 is 4,997mm long, 1,963mm wide and 1,455mm tall. The wheelbase is three meters. Well-known designer Chris Bangle, who became famous for his bold-looking BMW models, took part in the look.
The aerodynamics are remarkable, Xiaomi boasts a record low drag coefficient of 0.195.
The technical basis is the EV Modena platform, which includes a traction battery developed by Xiaomi itself. The company mentions that it can have a capacity of up to 150 kWh, which would ensure a range of over 1,200 kilometers.
However, the SU7 does not yet have such a large battery. Xiaomi introduced three engines – HyperEngine V6, HyperEngine V6s and HyperEngine V8s. The epithets are intended to evoke the ability to compete with the performance of traditional V6 and V8 combustion units.
The basic V6 version is powered by one electric motor, which sends up to 220 kW (299 hp) and 400 Nm to the rear wheels. This variant can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.28 seconds and, thanks to the 73.6kWh battery, is said to be able to travel up to 668 kilometers on a single charge (according to the Chinese test cycle). The V6s version offers 275 kW (374 hp) and 500 Nm.
The range-topping SU7 V8s relies on two electric motors delivering a combined maximum output of 495 kW (673 hp) and 635 Nm, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.78 seconds and reach a top speed of 265 km/h. The battery with a capacity of 101 kWh ensures a range of up to 800 km (again according to the Chinese test cycle) and the 800-volt architecture helps to be able to top up the energy to 220 km in 5 minutes and to 390 km in 10 minutes on a suitable charger.
In the interior, of course, the car benefits from Xiaomi’s experience with mobile phones and smart electronics. The basic control element is a 16.1-inch touchscreen, which runs the Xiaomi HyperOS operating system. The company also boasts equipment for assisted driving, including LiDAR, cameras and radar.
Sales should begin at the beginning of the new year, first in the domestic Chinese market. Xiaomi has not revealed the price yet, but the head of the company, Lej Tün, indicated that it will not be a cheap car – which, given the parameters, is not surprising.
It is not yet clear if SU7 will also look to Europe. In any case, Xiaomi is very serious about its adventure in the automotive industry. In the next 15 to 20 years, it wants to become one of the five largest car manufacturers in the world.