Images of what could be Xiaomi’s first electric vehicle model have leaked online ahead of the car’s expected launch next year. The photos from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show a large sedan with styling similar to the Porsche Taycan, adorned with a Xiaomi logo.
Why it matters: Automakers are required by Chinese regulators to apply for registration before officially selling vehicles in the country, and the government ministry’s post indicates that the debut of the first Xiaomi car is approaching.
- Xiaomi has begun trial production of its first EV at its facility on the outskirts of Beijing, with the vehicle expected to hit the market as early as February, a person with knowledge of the matter told Chinese media outlet National Business Daily on Wednesday.
- A Xiaomi representative declined to comment when contacted by TechNode on Thursday, but in late October, chief executive Lei Jun reaffirmed the company’s plan for the car to go on sale in the first half of 2024, according to an Oct. 25 post published on the Twitter-like platform Weibo.
Details: The Xiaomi SU7 is around five meters long and spans a 3,000-millimeter-long wheelbase, making it bigger than many mid-size sedans such as Tesla’s Model 3. It has a total mass of 2,430 kg and a curb weight of 1,980 kg, based on the registration details revealed by the MIIT on Wednesday.
- The car features a sleek, athletic low profile with Xiaomi’s logo on the front and its name on the rear hatch, similar to the Porsche Taycan, a likeness brought to light by a Chinese auto influencer. The images also show a couple of wheel options and a choice of yellow brake calipers.
- The SU7 will be able to reach a top speed of 210 kilometers per hour on a relatively affordable, iron-based lithium-ion battery from BYD. The top speed of the premium SU7 Max will be 265 km/h, with the higher-end model equipped with a more expensive, nickel and cobalt-based battery pack from CATL.
- An electric motor will provide a power output of 275 kW and 220 kW respectively, while the top-end version will integrate laser sensor units on the roof to enable partially autonomous driving capabilities, according to images released by MIIT.
- The five-seater sedan will be manufactured at Xiaomi’s factory in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone, which has an initial annual capacity of 150,000 units, although its production application was filed in the name of a subsidiary of state-owned automaker BAIC.
- This appears to confirm speculation that BAIC, a manufacturing partner of Mercedes-Benz in China, has joined hands with Xiaomi, meaning the smartphone maker is still waiting for final approval to begin manufacture from the Chinese authorities.
Context: Xiaomi and Huawei are among the Chinese technology giants with the potential to become major players in the EV space with advanced intelligent capabilities and a broad sales network, which remain difficult for many carmakers to replicate, Morgan Stanley analyst Tim Hsiao commented on an earnings call held by Xpeng Motors on Wednesday.
- Huawei said on Oct. 6 that it had secured over 50,000 non-refundable orders for the revamped M7 sports utility vehicle less than a month after its launch. The number was updated to more than 90,000 as of Wednesday, local media outlet IT Home reported.
- The telecoms giant started pre-sales of the first electric sedan under the new Luxeed brand with automaker Chery on Nov. 9, followed the next day by the launch of the Avatr 12, a premium crossover co-developed with partners Changan Automobile and CATL.