Huawei has showcased the Seres SF5 crossover at the Auto Shanghai 2021. This debut indirectly confirms earlier rumors about the tech giant’s possible entry into the car industry.
Some rumors say Huawei is in talks with Chinese manufacturers to produce electrified cars for China. The Seres SF5 plug-in hybrid is an improved version of the SF5 model unveiled at the Shanghai show 2 years ago.
Huawei and the automotive company Seres co-developed the vehicle. In particular, Huawei participated in making a powertrain.
The Seres SF5’s powertrain comprises a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. Altogether they produce 550 hp (410 kW). This output is enough for acceleration from zero to 62 mph within 4.7 seconds.
An electric-only driving range is up to 112 miles / 180 km according to China’s test cycle. They say that fully charged and fueled vehicle can cover more than 621 miles (1,000 km) in “extended range mode”.
The influence of Huawei is especially felt inside, meaning a large tablet-style infotainment screen, an audio system consisting of 11 sound units. There is a vehicle-to-vehicle charging function, which enables powering of other vehicles and external devices.
Huawei’s purpose is to offer “leading smart car solutions” in the future and help partners build and sell intelligent vehicles.
The SF5 is already available to order in PRC. The starting price is 216,800 yuans ($33,361) for the two-wheel-drive model, and 246,800 yuans ($38,000) for the four-wheel-drive one.
Apart from Huawei, there are other tech giants ready or having the intention to enter the ‘green car’ world. Let’s remember Apple with its autonomous car. There are talks about it, but no physical vehicle so far.