Huawei Beats Apple To A Production Car

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And it's quite an impressive little thing.

The idea of a tech giant getting into automobile design must have seemed so odd 15 years ago, but in 2021, it's not a foreign idea at all. Xiaomi has plans to build an electric car and Apple has been chasing the same goal for a little while now. Huawei has also stated that it wants to build electric cars, but before it gets to totally silent mobility, the smartphone manufacturer has taken the wraps off its first vehicle, a range-extended crossover called the SF5.

It's been co-developed with Cyrus and will be sold under the Seres brand. Perhaps letting an Apple car be a sub-model rather than its own marque is the key for the California giant, but let's get back to Huawei's effort.

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First off, the SF5 strikes you as a relatively bland machine that is unlikely to turn too many heads, but that glasshouse does remind us of the Maserati Levante, and it's certainly prettier than a Model Y. Unlike the Italian, the SF5 features a 1.5-liter four-pot that acts as a generator, feeding a battery pack that powers a pair of electric motors. These produce a combined output of 543 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque - impressive figures. Claimed acceleration from 0-62 mph is rated at roughly 4.7 seconds and the SF5 is said to be capable of traveling on electricity alone for up to 112 miles.

On the New European Driving Cycle, the SF5 is said to have a total range in excess of 621 miles. Furthermore, like the Ford F-150 Hybrid, the vehicle can act as a battery to power various household appliances and even other electric vehicles.

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Since it's carrying the Huawei name, there's plenty of tech. You get a millimeter-wave radar, ultrasonic sensors, and various cameras that enable adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and all the usual advanced driver aids. A digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, a sunroof, and heated, ventilated, and massaging seats are included alongside an advanced infotainment system with near-instant smartphone pairing and an 11-speaker sound system with two subwoofers. It should thus be very comfortable, and quiet too. Huawei says that interior noise is just 38 decibels at idle thanks to double-layer front glass and loads of sound deadening.

As for pricing and availability, it starts at the equivalent of roughly $33,350 and first deliveries in China begin next month.

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