The first Huawei car turned out to be a hybrid crossover Seres SF5.
Several major smartphone manufacturers are planning to enter the auto business, including Apple , Xiaomi, and Huawei.
The Huawei has unveiled the Seres SF5 an electrified crossover at Auto Shanghai 2021, which will be sold at Huawei flagship stores around China. However, the vehicle is not exactly designed by Huawei as it’s actually an updated version of the existing SF5 crossover, which made its original debut two years ago in Shanghai.
Huawei input is probably more visible inside the cabin, where there is a large tablet style screen for the infotainment system. The company says it has paid special attention to the crossover audio system, which consists of 11 sound units to deliver opera like sound quality. Another interesting feature of the SF5 is the vehicle to vehicle charging function, which can power other vehicles or external devices such as induction cookers, stereos, and other camping equipment.
Huawei says it has helped automotive company Seres with the development of the powertrain, which consists of a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. The combined output of the system is reportedly about 550 horsepower, which should be enough for a 0-100 kilometers per hour acceleration in just 4.7 seconds.
Huawei promises the plug in hybrid can travel up to 180 kilometers on purely electric energy, though it is important to note that this is measured by China somewhat generous test cycle. With the battery fully charged and the fuel tank full the SF5 should be capable of a range of over 1,000 kilometer in extended range mode for long distance travelers.
Huawei is already accepting orders for the SF5 in the Peoples Republic with prices starting at 246,800 Chinese yuans, for the 4WD model and 216,800 Chinese yuans for the 2WD variant.