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Xiaomi’s first electric car finally comes to light: this is the Xiaomi SU7

The first electric car Xiaomi has been left practically without secrets, thanks to the data released by a Chinese regulatory body. In the last hours, a few details were known, accompanied by images, of the Xiaomi SU7which will debut in the Asian market at the beginning of 2024.

While it is true that Xiaomi’s electric car had already been seen “camouflaged” on the Chinese streets, this is the first 100% official review of its most important features. The vehicle in question is a five-seat sedan that will be available with two engine configurations and in three models.

The Xiaomi SU7 will introduce a variant with traction rear and an engine capable of delivering a power of 220 kW. While the remaining configuration will be with all-wheel drive and will present two motors—one on each axle—of 220 and 275 kW, respectively. This will allow maximum power delivery of 495 kW.

In terms of maximum speeds, Xiaomi’s electric car promises to reach the 210 kilometers per hour in its single-engine version, while the twin-engine version can reach 265km/h. Another element to note is that, as rumored, the Xiaomi SU7 will be available with 19 and 20-inch wheels.

This is the SU7, Xiaomi’s first electric car

In terms of dimensions, the size of the Xiaomi SU7 will be interesting. The measures disclosed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China indicate that it will have 4.99 meters long, 1.96 meters wide and 1.45 meters high. The wheelbase will be 3.33 meters.

If we stop at the weight, it will be 1,980 kilograms for the version with a single engine, while the configuration with two engines will reach 2,205 kilograms. In both cases, the reference corresponds to the empty car.

Regarding the batteries of Xiaomi’s first electric car, details remain limited. The Chinese regulator only mentions that it will use battery accumulators lithium ferrophosphate (LFP) provided by BYD in its cheapest version, while the most expensive model – or models – will include batteries of nickel, cobalt and manganese (NMC) from CATL. However, their respective capabilities are unknown.

Xiaomi has presented three versions of its electric car to the authorities for approval. They will be known as SU7, SU7 Pro and SU7 Maxalthough there are also references to a Founders Edition. However, no details are provided on what features will be available in each of them when configuring them for purchase.

For example, it stands to reason that the standard SU7 would be available only with rear-wheel drive. However, it is not known if the full version will be limited to the SU7 Max, or if it can also be opted for in the Pro. According to CarNewsChina, at least one version —which we assume will be the top of the line— will include an active rear spoiler. That is, it will automatically rise when the car travels at high speed to generate greater aerodynamic load on the rear axle.

Software and sensors

For its first electric car, Xiaomi has decided to implement HyperOS, your new operating system. This software was presented a few weeks ago and will be used in practically the entire product catalog of the Chinese brand, which covers more than 200 device categories.

The Xiaomi SU7 will stand out for the inclusion of a LiDAR sensor, although it will not be available in all versions. Likewise, the regulatory documents mention the implementation of a camera in the central support that is located between the front and rear doors. Which implies that the car will introduce a system of face unlock.

On the other hand, Xiaomi will provide its electric car with a function known as ETC to pay for passage through a toll booth automatically, without having to stop driving.

The manufacturing of the Xiaomi SU7 will take place in the plants of the automotive company BAIC. Although some prototypes of the vehicle have already been tested on Chinese streets, large-scale production will begin in December, with a view to completing the first deliveries in February 2024.

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