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We saw Xiaomi’s amazing first electric car, the SU7.

It was not the Geneva Motor Show that Xiaomi brought the car, but the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s quite a symbol. We went to see it in person for the first time.

Xiaomi SU7 // Source: Frandroid

Xiaomi had a star at Mobile World Congress. It was successful, but not the Xiaomi 14 and 14 Ultra, but it made a notable entry into the automotive world with its first electric car, the Xiaomi SU7 (not pronounced lollipop).

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As of now, no European launch has been announced, with Xiaomi preferring to focus on the Chinese market. This is a big step for the brand. In 14 years, they moved from developing Android ROM, MIUI to marketing electric vehicles.

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The presentation of Xiaomi’s first electric vehicle, the SU7, in late December 2023 made us nervous. The Chinese brand did particularly well for the first time with very sophisticated aerodynamics, high-performance engines capable of exceeding 300 km/h, XXL batteries (and autonomy) and a screen of the highest quality demanded by Xiaomi.

At MWC, it’s a great opportunity to actually take a look at the Xiaomi SU7 even if it’s only on display without having to climb up in person.

Xiaomi SU7 // Source: Frandroid

Bright blue, big wheels with yellow Brembo brakes, and more cameras than we’ve ever seen on a car (yes, even more than a Tesla), the SU7 won’t leave anyone indifferent. That’s not all. There’s also a huge LiDAR on the roof.

Xiaomi SU7 // Source: Frandroid

It’s right in the middle of the stand, so it catches all eyes and you can’t miss it. With its sporty appearance and striking blue color, the Xiaomi SU7 catches your eye. From the impressive rims to the camera arsenal to the large Lidar on the roof, every detail screams that this car is here to showcase Xiaomi’s ambitions.

Xiaomi SU7 // Source: Frandroid

Inside, we don’t forget what Xiaomi calls a ‘smart cabin’ with a 16.1-inch central screen, 7.1-inch rotating dashboard, and Snapdragon processor 8295.

Like smartphones, its promise to feature HyperOS to provide tight integration between various devices, including smartphones, is reminiscent of Nio’s efforts in the field.

Xiaomi SU7 // Source: Frandroid

On paper, the SU7’s tech sheet is impressive. Thanks to the supplied 101 kWh battery, the top-of-the-line model can travel up to 800 km on a single charge (not in the WLTP cycle). It is a product of Chinese battery giant CATL.

Even the base model promises a driving range of 668 km with a battery capacity of 73.6 kWh. The car also promises fast charging speeds and excellent performance, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.78 seconds.

Xiaomi has integrated five big innovations into this car, from engine to battery, including materials, autonomous driving and interior. It’s the result of years of hard work, and it shows.

Frankly, producing a smartphone and manufacturing a car are two completely different levels of complexity.

Xiaomi faces a big challenge ahead: mass-producing reliable and safe vehicles. The current plan is to begin receiving orders and deliveries from China this year. However, there is still a lot of work to be done in the Chinese market, let alone entering the European market.

In general, Xiaomi should expect to lose a lot of money in its “electric vehicle” division in the next few years before it earns a single yuan. While other manufacturers have already lost their teeth, the Chinese giant seems to have developed a very successful car. Will it be enough to open the door to success for him?


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Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer. Always interested in the way in which technology can change people's lives, and that is why I also advise individuals and companies when it comes to adopting all the advances in Apple devices and services.
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