Huawei introduces its first production car
Most of us have come to associate the Huawei brand with smartphones and wearables, but the company has car manufacturing ambitions now, with the first model set to ship as early as next month.
The car is a crossover SUV named Seres SF5, Seres being the new sub-brand of Huawei dedicated to cars. It sports a sleek aerodynamic body, recessed door handles, broad brake lights, and a radiator grille mesh framed with LED DRLs.
Inside, a digital dashboard resides behind a dual-spoke steering wheel, and the trim scheme involves wood and metallic inserts. The main attraction is still the giant infotainment system display that needs a few seconds to hook up to a smartphone and start automatically playing back music or displaying navigation hints.
Speaking of tech, there is no avoiding mentioning an on-board radar, ultrasonic sensors, and a whole row of cameras meant to be used by Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Assist features.
Propulsion is provided by two electric motors joining their efforts for 543 PS (536 hp / 400 kW) and 820 Nm (610 lb-ft) total. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine assists the duo by generating power for the traction battery. All-electric range amounts to 180 km (112 miles) with an empty tank, but pour it full of gas, and you will make 1,000 km (620 miles).
Shipments are scheduled to begin in May starting from U.S. $33,356.
Editor Andrew Raspopov