Best known for other activities, Xiaomi has unveiled its first all-electric vehicle, a four-door coupe that comes with the Chinese firm’s admittedly grandiose ambitions to become a 20-year global automotive player that can compete with the likes of Tesla and Porsche.
These were the recommendations of the head and co-founder of Xiaomi, Lei Jun at the unveiling of the model called SU7 from the words Speed Ultra, held at China’s national convention center in Beijing in the presence of hundreds of journalists and the public.
According to him, the SU7 bears his personal stamp of development as he spent hundreds of hours to get the features right for the model, including 800 km range on a single charge, moving aerodynamic parts, unique colors and a top speed of 265 km/h
The five-seater coupe’s batteries, the capacity of which is not yet announced by Xiaomi, will be manufactured by Contemporary Amperex Technology and BYD, depending on the version.
This means that the SU7 will be available with batteries of different capacity and autonomy, while what we as Europeans will have to keep in mind is that the above size of the maximum autonomy of 800 km will move lower if the SU7 reaches the old continent as the specific size apparently it has been derived based on the most manufacturer-friendly Chinese test and measurement protocol. In addition, the SU7 is expected to be available with one or two electric motors aiming, in any case, at high performance. To be precise, Xiaomi claims that the time required for the electric model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in its top version is just 2.78 seconds while Lei Jun did not fail to describe it as a “performance beast” “.
Besides, the “benchmark” for Xiaomi’s electric car is the Porsche Taycan, which the Chinese brand describes as the main competition of the SU7 in terms of performance, and to be precise the Taycan Turbo version, while in terms of technological innovation and features, the Xiaomi model is the Tesla Model S.
Without mincing words, Lei Jun stated that Xiaomi’s goal is “to build a ‘dream car’ as good as Porsche and Tesla models”. Also, we would say that a look at the design of the new model clearly proves the source of inspiration for the new electric arrival from China.
Naturally, the new model places an equally strong emphasis on digital technology, which will come from the development centers of Xiaomi’s main activity in the manufacture of smartphones and digital devices of all kinds. From a technologically exuberant point of view, the SU7 will also have enhanced semi-autonomous driving capabilities, which will include the valet parking function, which makes fully autonomous parking possible without the presence of a driver inside.