Xiaomi’s first-ever EV seen wearing camouflage in the PRC
It was only a couple of weeks ago when we got a first look at the Xiaomi SU7 EV. Thanks to the images released by the PRC’s Ministry of Industry & Technology, we were able to get a good look at the soon-to-be-launched electric vehicle before its grand debut.
Now, new images of the SU7 have surfaced, and this time the vehicle was spotted being tested on public roads in China. Based on the pictures, the camouflaged unit is supposedly the top-of-the-line Max variant of the SU7 as it comes with LiDAR sensors on the roof. It’s also equipped with a facial recognition sensor on the B-pillar that can apparently unlock/lock the vehicle.
Incidentally, Brent spotted the same car last week albeit with a little more disguise in actual road testing at night in Chongqing. The test team deliberately slowed down when it noticed him snapping photos of it. He did share that he observed the driver fiddling around with the same large screen, since it was pretty dark no interior photos from the evening spot were taken.
As for the vehicle itself, the disguised prototype resembles the press images that were revealed two weeks ago. From the aerodynamic roof to the sleek silhouette as well as the distinct front end, the vehicle in question is no doubt the SU7 EV. Also worth mentioning about the vehicle are the flush door handles, full-width LED taillights, muscular wheel arches, and the unique tailgate.
Besides the exterior, spy photographers were also able to take a peek inside the Xiaomi SU7 EV. While it’s not much, the SU7 will have a flat-bottom steering wheel complete with the Xiaomi lettering in full view. It will also have a Drive Mode selector which looks to have been inspired by Ferrari’s start button.
Like most modern vehicles today, the upcoming EV will also have a digital instrument cluster along with a massive touchscreen infotainment system. Last but not least, the SU7 will reportedly have a heads-up display, too.
As mentioned before, the Xiaomi SU7 will be produced by BAIC and will be available with two powertrain options. First is the RWD version which will have a single electric motor producing 300 PS and a BYD lithium-iron phosphate battery that gives it a top speed of 210 km/h. On the other hand, the AWD variant cranks out 673 PS and will have a more powerful lithium ternary battery sourced from CATL which will give it a top speed of 265 km/h.
Once revealed, the Xiaomi SU7 is set to enter the Chinese market in Q1 2024. There are no reports yet if the SU7 will be offered outside the PRC although we won’t be surprised if there is already interest brewing for Xiaomi’s first-ever EV being sold in other countries.
Source: Weibo via CarNewsChina