Xiaomi, a Chinese brand once synonymous with affordable smartphones, is now attempting to make an even bigger splash with its first-ever electric car. Unveiled at a Beijing event earlier today, the Xiaomi SU7 — pronounced “soo-chee” in Chinese — is a sedan based on the company’s very own Modena Architecture with HyperEngine electric motors of up to 21,000rpm, as well as chassis stamped by its die casting machines with a clamping force of 9,100 tons — beating that of Tesla’s apparently. The line will come in two flavors: the dual-motor all-wheel-drive SU7 Max, and the single-motor rear-wheel-drive SU7.
Xiaomi is set to reveal the prices for the SU7 Max in the coming months, boasting an impressive 800km range and a rapid 0-100km/h acceleration of 2.78s, surpassing the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan Turbo. The vehicle relies on CATL’s 101kWh 800V high-voltage platform, providing a 220km range with just a 5-minute charge. The base model, equipped with a 73.6kWh battery, supports 400V charging and offers a range of up to 668km.
To bring this project to fruition, Xiaomi recruited industry talents such as Tianyuan Li from BMW’s iX series, James Qiu from Mercedes-Benz’s Vision EQXX design, and design consultant Chris Bangle, a BMW veteran. The SU7 shares a similar size with the BMW 5 series and comes in three color options: “aqua blue,” gray, or olive green. Notable features include spacious legroom, generous trunk spaces, and distinctive design elements like “water droplet” headlamps resembling the Chinese character for “rice.”
At the core of the SU7 is the HyperOS in-car entertainment system, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8295 processor. The 16.1-inch 3K central screen supports multitasking with up to three split windows, and additional Xiaomi Pad tablets can be mounted for rear passengers. The car integrates with Xiaomi’s CarIOT ecosystem, offering features like a smart booster car seat and compatibility with iPhone features such as wireless CarPlay and AirPlay connectivity.
The SU7 boasts autonomous driving capabilities through the Xiaomi Pilot platform, powered by up to two NVIDIA Drive Orin processors and various sensors, including a top-mounted Lidar. Xiaomi aims to conduct autonomous driving tests in 100 Chinese cities by the end of 2024. Additionally, the company teased future updates, including the HyperEngine V8s with a record-breaking 27,200rpm and plans for a next-gen electric motor tech based on carbon fiber capable of 35,000rpm by 2025.
Xiaomi’s bold claim about the SU7 EV surpassing Porsche and rivaling Tesla in technology showcases the company’s confidence in their innovative capabilities. While only time and rigorous testing will determine the veracity of such assertions, Xiaomi’s foray into the electric vehicle market signals a competitive spirit and commitment to pushing technological boundaries. As the automotive industry evolves, the SU7 EV stands as a testament to Xiaomi’s ambition to redefine standards and challenge established players in the electric vehicle landscape. Only through real-world performance and consumer feedback will the true extent of its capabilities be unveiled.