The Chinese tech giant Huawei is known for its smartphones, tablets, and laptops and for its ambitions in the smart car market. The company has been developing its own operating system, HarmonyOS, and various hardware and software solutions for autonomous driving, connectivity, and electrification. Now, Huawei is ready to unveil its first co-produced electric car, the Luxeed S7, in collaboration with Chery, one of the largest automakers in China.
What is the Luxeed S7?
The Luxeed S7 is a premium electric sedan that aims to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model S, Nio ET7, and BYD Han. The car features a sleek and futuristic design, with a coupe-like silhouette, narrow headlights, wide wheel arches, retractable door handles, and a LiDAR sensor on the roof. The car measures 4.97 meters in length, 1.96 meters in width, and 1.47 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.95 meters. The car can accommodate five passengers and has a spacious trunk.
The Luxeed S7 is based on Chery's E0X platform, designed for two-motor all-wheel drive and supports an 800-volt battery system. The car is powered by electric motors from Huawei, with a single-motor version that delivers up to 215 kW (288 hp) of power and a dual-motor version that delivers up to 365 kW (489 hp) of power. The car's top speed is said to be 210 km/h (130 mph).
The battery supplier for the Luxeed S7 is CATL, the world's largest battery maker. The car will offer different battery options, including lithium iron phosphate (LFP), lithium manganese iron phosphate (LMFP), and lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC). The car's exact energy capacity and range are not yet revealed, but it is expected to offer over 700 kilometers (435 miles) of NEDC range.
What are the smart features of the Luxeed S7?
The Luxeed S7 is not just an electric car but also a smart car that showcases Huawei's technological prowess. The car will be the first to run on HarmonyOS 4, Huawei's own operating system that can seamlessly connect with other devices and services. The car will also feature Huawei's ADS 2.0 system, which includes a LiDAR sensor, eleven HD cameras, three millimeter-wave radars, and twelve ultrasonic radars for advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving capabilities.
The electric car will also have a large touchscreen display on the dashboard, as well as a digital instrument cluster and a head-up display for the driver. The car will support voice control, facial recognition, gesture control, and wireless charging for smartphones. The car will also have a high-fidelity sound system, ambient lighting, air purification system, and heated seats for comfort and entertainment.
When and where will the Luxeed S7 be available?
The Luxeed S7 is expected to debut this quarter in China, where Chery will produce it at its factory in Wuhu. The price of the car is not yet announced, but it is likely to be competitive with other premium electric sedans in the market. The car may also be exported to other markets in the future, depending on the demand and regulations.
The Luxeed S7 is a result of the strategic partnership between Huawei and Chery, which was announced earlier this year. The two companies aim to leverage their respective strengths in technology and manufacturing to create innovative and high-quality electric vehicles for the Chinese and global markets. The Luxeed S7 is just the first model under the new Luxeed brand, which may expand to other segments and categories in the future.
The Luxeed S7 is an exciting addition to China's growing electric car market and beyond. It represents Huawei's vision of creating smart, environmentally friendly, intelligent, and connected smart cars. It also demonstrates Chery's commitment to developing cutting-edge electric vehicles that can meet customers' diverse needs and preferences. The Luxeed S7 is a car that combines performance, design, safety, and convenience in one package. It is a car that may challenge the status quo and redefine the future of mobility.
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