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Xiaomi first electric car, the SU7 , goes official, cheaper than Tesla Model 3

The long awaited Xiaomi electric car has officially been unveiled , the SU7, in China with three variants – Standard, Pro, and Max – catering to a range of budgets and needs.

The SU7’s design is a collaborative effort led by a team headed by Xiaomi’s Head of Design, Li Tianyuan, who previously worked for BMW. James Qiu, previously with Mercedes-Benz, also contributed to the car’s exterior design. Xiaomi has also brought in Chris Bangle, a renowned car designer with experience at BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce, to serve as a consultant for Xiaomi Auto.

In terms of driver-assistance systems, Xiaomi provides two options. The Xiaomi Pilot Pro relies on pure vision technology and uses an Nvidia Drive Orin chip with 84 Tops of computing power, similar to Tesla’s approach. The Xiaomi Pilot Max system combines pure vision with lidar technology for enhanced capabilities. Furthermore, Xiaomi is introducing a city-based pilot-assisted driving system called ‘City NOA’. Testing for this system begins in April across 10 cities, with a nationwide rollout planned for May. City NOA utilizes two Drive Orin chips. The SU7 supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The base SU7 Standard starts at 215,900 yuan (US$29,900) and is equipped with a 73.6 kWh BYD Blade battery offering a 700 km (435 mi) CLTC range. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.28 seconds and reaches a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). This variant features the Xiaomi Pilot Pro ADAS system and uses a 400V architecture with power from a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) setup.

The SU7 Pro increases the range with a 94.3 kWh CATL battery, extending the CLTC range to 830 km (516 mi). Priced at 245,900 yuan ($33,900), it is comparable to the Tesla Model 3 in China and upgrades to an 800V architecture for faster charging.

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The top-of-the-line SU7 Max features a 101 kWh CATL Qilin battery, offering an 800 km (516 mi) CLTC range. Additionally, it achieves an impressive 510 km (317 mi) of range in just 15 minutes of charging thanks to the fast 800V architecture. Performance is significantly boosted, with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of only 2.78 seconds and a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph). This top end version utilizes the Xiaomi Pilot Max ADAS system. Furthermore, the Max has an all-wheel-drive (AWD) setup with dual motors producing a combined output of 495 kW (663 hp) and 838 Nm of torque. The SU7 Max is priced at 299,900 yuan (US$41,500).

Dennis Mathu
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