Huawei’s presence in the automotive industry is gradually growing. The electronics giant presents the Luxeed brand and its S7 electric sedan, in partnership with Chery.
For various reasons, partly political, Huawei does not offer cars under its own name. This in no way prevents the Chinese electronics giant from progressing in the sector, by multiplying operations with different manufacturers. For example, we know the Aito SUVs in partnership with Seres. Here is now the fruit of the cooperation with Chery, in the form of a new brand: Luxeed (智界). The confusion will necessarily be with Lucid, but also with another brand of Chery: Exeed.
The S7 sedan also shares some of its components with the Exeed Sterra ES. Chery was in charge of the design of the “automotive” part and sought to make its investment profitable by using its latest flagship, based on a fairly rich state-of-the-art platform. On the other hand, the S7 will be able to boast, which will not be insignificant with the Chinese public, of “Huawei Inside” technology.
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We will find in particular the semi-autonomous driving system ADS 2.0 close to level 3 and already operational in 45 cities of the country. It is visually characterized by the Lidar installed on the roof, supplemented by several radars and cameras. The exterior style of this 4.97 m sedan is not original. Smooth shapes, a fastback profile (but no tailgate), a large panoramic roof… We could affix another logo to it, and moreover the new brand does without this artifice by being satisfied with a lettering at the front as in the back.
On board (not officially unveiled at this time), the screens feature Harmony OS 4.0 and connectivity will be via the in-house NearLink technology, touted as faster than Bluetooth.
But Huawei’s participation also affects the engines, with a propulsion version of 215 kW, or an integral version of 215 + 150 kW. The batteries will be supplied here by CATL, with an LFP chemistry at the entry level, and at the top of the range an NMC + LFP hybrid battery.