When you hear the name Xiaomi, smartphones may be the first thing that comes to mind. However, Xiaomi has expanded beyond being just a smartphone brand. Through the Weibo platform, Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, recently announced that the company has decided to broaden its focus to the automotive industry.
However, this doesn't mean that Xiaomi will completely stop producing smartphones and turn into an automotive company. Lei Jun firmly stated that this decision is simply about shifting the company's focus. In addition, Lei Jun announced that William Lu will serve as the general manager of Xiaomi, while Wang Teng will become the general manager of the Redmi brand.
Xiaomi is currently developing its first electric car, the Xiaomi SU7, a sedan with a sporty and luxurious design. SU stands for Speed Ultra, indicating faster battery charging and superior acceleration compared to other electric cars such as Tesla and Porsche.
Recently, Xiaomi also introduced innovative engines, namely the HyperEngine V6/V6 and HyperEngine V8, which use advanced technology such as two-way oil cooling, S-shaped oil circuit design and staggered silicon steel lamination. Their performance is comparable to traditional V8 and V6 engines of the internal combustion era, and significantly exceeds industry performance limits.
The HyperEngine V8 reaches a peak speed of 27,200 rpm, generating 425 kilowatts of power and a peak torque of 635 N-m, setting a world record for electric motors. To surpass industry standards, which typically do not exceed 27,200 rpm, the HyperEngine V8 relies on ultra-high-strength silicon steel plates, an industry first, with a tensile strength of up to 960MPa, double the industry standard.
The Xiaomi SU7 boasts impressive dimensions, measuring 4997mm in length, 1963mm in width and 1455mm in height. With a wheelbase of 3000mm, the car offers spacious and comfortable cabin space for passengers.
In terms of appearance, the Xiaomi SU7 adopts a style that combines futuristic elements with sporty features. The front of the car features a large grille with a striking honeycomb pattern and sharp LED headlights, adding a modern touch to the design.
From the side, the SU7 has sleek body lines and a low roof, creating a charming aerodynamic appearance. The rear features a sporty design with elongated LED taillights.
Inside the cabin, the Xiaomi SU7 offers comfort and advanced technology. Premium materials such as leather and wood adorn the interior, creating a luxurious atmosphere. Highlights in the cabin include a 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Harman Kardon audio system, memory-adjustable seats, panoramic sunroof and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).
The Xiaomi SU7 is available in two drivetrain configurations, rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), offering a wide range of options. The RWD variant is equipped with one electric motor that produces 220 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque, while the AWD variant offers two electric motors that produce 350 kW of power and 700 Nm of torque.
In terms of performance, the Xiaomi SU7 boasts impressive speed. The rear-wheel drive version can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, while the all-wheel drive version achieves this in just 4.6 seconds. It can also reach a top speed of 250 km/h. The car is also supported by a 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, which provides a range of up to 700 kilometers for the RWD variant and 650 kilometers for the AWD variant.
The car is available in two variants: SU7 and SU7 Max. Both feature a sedan model similar to famous electric cars like the Porsche Taycan Turbo and Tesla Model S, while offering luxurious design touches.
The Xiaomi SU7 will be released in China in the first quarter of 2024. While the official price has not been announced, it is estimated to start at 300,000 yuan.