Xiaomi has officially presented the SU7 EV electric car in China

Xiaomi has officially presented the SU7 EV electric car in China

After much anticipation, Xiaomi has officially unveiled its first electric car, the SU7, in China. The SU7 is available in three trim levels – Standard, Pro and Max – to suit different budgets and needs. Prices start at 215,900 yuan (USD 29,900) and go up to 299,900 yuan (USD 41,500) for the top version. Deliveries are expected to begin in late April, and the car is already available in 59 stores in 29 cities across China. Let’s dive deeper and read more about what may be the hottest electric vehicle launch of the year.

The company offered two driver assistance systems for its new car

The SU7’s design is a collaboration between a team led by Xiaomi’s Head of Design Li Tianyuan, who previously worked at BMW. James Qiu, who previously worked at Mercedes-Benz, also contributed to the design of the car’s exterior. As a consultant for Xiaomi Auto, the company has engaged Chris Bangle, a renowned automotive designer with experience at BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce. Bengle is particularly impressed with the SU7’s power and believes it has potential for the European market.

When it comes to driver assistance systems, Xiaomi offers two options. The Xiaomi Pilot Pro relies on pure vision technology and uses the Nvidia Drive Orin chip with 84 tops of processing power, similar to Tesla’s approach. The Xiaomi Pilot Max system combines pure vision with lidar technology to enhance the experience. In addition, Xiaomi is launching an urban self-driving system called City NOA. Testing of this system will begin in April in 10 cities, with a nationwide rollout scheduled for May. City NOA uses two Drive Orin chips. The SU7 boasts impressive connectivity capabilities, supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Let’s read about the details of each variant. The base SU7 Standard starts at 215,900 yuan and is equipped with a 73.6 kWh BYD Blade battery that provides a 700 km (435 mi) CLTC range. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.28 seconds and reach a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). This variant is equipped with the Xiaomi Pilot Pro ADAS system and uses a 400V architecture. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is provided by a 220 kW motor that generates 400 Nm of torque.

The SU7 Pro extends the range with a 94.3 kWh CATL battery, which increases the CLTC range to 830 km (516 miles). This variant costs 245,900 yuan, which is roughly the same as the price of a Tesla Model 3 in China. For faster charging, an 800V architecture is used.

The top-of-the-line SU7 Max model boasts a 101 kWh CATL Qilin battery, again offering a CLTC range of 800 km (516 miles). The Max, however, boasts an impressive 510 km (317 miles) of range, which can be achieved in just 15 minutes of charging. Performance has also improved significantly, with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 2.78 seconds and a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph). The Max uses the Xiaomi Pilot Max ADAS system and has an 800V architecture for faster charging. This electric vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) with two motors that deliver a combined power of 495 kW (663 hp) and a staggering 838 Nm of torque.

Xiaomi is not just making a bold statement in the electric car market. With a variety of models to meet different needs and budgets, and advanced driver assistance systems and impressive performance figures, Xiaomi is ready to take on the established players in the industry. It looks like the company has thought this through, and now sales will tell us everything we need to know. Along with SU7, Xiaomi has also launched a lifestyle brand.


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