Has mass production of the Xiaomi SU7 started? It’s possible. Hundreds of models were seen outside the BAIC factory in Beijing. The brand also showed the dashboard of the car.
The first production models of the Xiaomi SU7?
Chinese media recently announced that production of the Xiaomi SU7 could begin in mid-February. It seems that the brand is in quite a hurry because several models have already been seen in the parking lot of BAIC, Xiaomi’s partner in charge of production. A Chinese giant which also manufactures cars for Mercedes-Benz in China, as part of the Beijing-Benz joint venture created in 2005.
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In December, Xiaomi had already carried out pre-production by releasing around 300 vehicles in order to test its sedan and the production lines. Road and track tests were carried out in China during January. The brand also made the headlines in the Chinese media because one of its models crashed on a snowy road. But these photos revealed by Car News China show many serial examples waiting to be sold.
A well-equipped electric model
Lei Jun, the boss of Xiaomi, has a lot of ambition for this new division specializing in electric cars. The businessman wants to make his brand a reference in the automobile industry. Particularly in terms of autonomy and efficiency. On paper, the services offered by the SU7 are interesting. In its Max version, the model has all-wheel drive and a 495 kW engine.
Enough to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 265 km/h. Autonomy level, the Xiaomi car promises 800 km (in CLTC cycle) thanks to a 101 kWh battery manufactured by CATL, its Chinese partner. Regarding the vehicle’s charging performance, we can also expect high efficiency. The SU7 features an 875V architecture.
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Here is the interior of the SU7
Xiaomi’s electric car is perhaps the most anticipated Chinese model of 2024. The interior of the sedan was also recently revealed. First surprise: there are buttons. For a technology company like Xiaomi this is quite surprising. But the brand wanted to maintain this fundamental. The dashboard is centered in the middle of the steering wheel and the vehicle has a wide-angle head-up display.
On the center console there are five buttons, including one to start the car. The others allow you to control the temperature, fan power, electric rear wing and air suspension. According to Xiaomi, “ buttons are the most natural way for humans to interact with machines “. The brand believes that they allow “ to establish an emotional connection between the driver and the car ».
In this specific case they are toggle switches, very easy to use. Xiaomi assures that it can be used “ without looking at them “. It’s quite a good idea, even if the presence of a button dedicated to managing the electric rear wing is still questionable. The interior will likely be customizable and future customers will be able to add a full row of other buttons under the large touch screen.
Still no price for Xiaomi’s electric car
However, the price of this electric car has still not been revealed. It shouldn’t be long now. Xiaomi has promised to market its model in the first half of 2024. Some Chinese media have reported that the price could be 361,400 yuan (or around 47,000 euros). But the brand denied this information, ensuring that this would not be the price of the SU7.
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This is a delicate subject for Xiaomi. The success of this sedan will depend on the price of this sedan. Lei Jun notably stated that some Internet users had “ unrealistic expectations “. He said that we should not expect the car to be priced at 99,900 yuan (13,000 euros) as rumors had suggested. Chinese market experts expect a model close to 300,000 yuan (39,000 euros).
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