Huawei-designed large SUV becomes an immediate sales hit

05-07-2022 15:00
The AITO M7, a full-size hybrid crossover SUV made in China by Huawei and Seres, has finally gone on sale. According to CarNewsChina, buyers have left 20,000 pre-orders within four hours, despite the starting price of 319,800 CNY (~50,000 USD).

The AITO M7, a full-size hybrid crossover SUV made in China by Huawei and Seres, has finally gone on sale. According to CarNewsChina, buyers have left 20,000 pre-orders within four hours, despite the starting price of 319,800 CNY (~50,000 USD).

The car is 5,020 mm long, 1,945 mm wide and 1,775 mm tall with 2,820 mm between the axles. You will only find a small handful of hardware buttons inside, replaced by two charging pads on the center console and dual multimedia displays 10.2 and 15.6 inches large. The infotainment system has been designed by Huawei and links to the same-brand audio system consisting of 19 speakers.

The interior has three rows of two seats each. The middle row comes with a wide range of adjustments, ventilation and massage. Leather trim comes in four available colors.

Huawei ships the AITO M7 with two hybrid powertrains based on a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine rated at 125 PS (123 hp / 92 kW) and either one or two electric motors. The engine itself operates in serial/range extender mode, which means it generates more power for the 40-kWh traction battery and does not rotate the wheels.

The entry spec makes do with 272 PS (268 hp / 200 kW) and 360 Nm (266 lb-ft) of torque. It needs 7.8 seconds to get from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) and has 195 km (121 miles) of all-electric range on the battery alone. Topping up the gas tank results in 1,100 km (683 miles) of available range.

The top spec adds another electric motor for 449 PS (443 hp / 330 kW) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft) of torque. It concludes the sprint in 4.8 seconds, but takes a range hit due to the second motor. In all-electric mode, it is good for 165 km (102 miles) of uninterrupted driving. In hybrid, it gets around 1,000 km (621 miles).

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