Details of the first electric car to come from consumer electronics company Xiaomi have been revealed in Chinese government filings, revealing the model’s final design and specification.
The saloon, which is called the Xiaomi SU7, will go into production in the first half of 2024 as a rival to the BMW i4 and will be contract-produced by Beijing Automai Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. Ltd (BAIC), per Car News China.
Measuring 4997mm long, 1963mm wide and 1440mm high, the SU7 features a wheelbase of 3000mm, tipping the scales with a kerb weight of 2205kg in its heaviest specification.
Two powertrain options will be available: a rear-wheel drive variant offering 295bhp and a top speed of 210mph, and a four-wheel drive version with a Porsche Taycan-rivaling 663bhp capable of hitting 164mph.
Xiaomi will offer the SUV with two options: an LFP battery from BYD on entry-level cars, and a larger CATL unit as a more expensive option. Range and battery sizes, however, are yet to be confirmed.
Higher-spec cars can also be fitted with an active rear wing and lidar technology, and the government filing added the SU7 will be offered with a choice of 19in and 20in wheels, compatible with 245/45 R19 and 245/40 R20 tyres.
Xaoimi revealed plans to start production of its electric car earlier this year. Speaking at China’s annual parliamentary gathering in Beijing, Lei said: “Xiaomi’s car manufacturing has progressed beyond expectation and [prototypes] have recently successfully completed winter testing.”
Lei, who is a deputy of China’s National People’s Congress, also confirmed Xiaomi had invested more than 3 billion yuan (£360 million) in its electric car division, Xiaomi Automobile, in 2022. He added that staffing of its R&D department had risen to more than 2300 people.