Spy photos hint at Xiaomi’s quick encore to the SU7 EV to compete against the Tesla Model Y

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Spy photos hint at Xiaomi’s quick encore to the SU7 EV to compete against the Tesla Model Y


It’s only been six months since Xiaomi Automobile launched its first-ever BEV – the SU7. Following early success, Xiaomi has been developing a second model, and spy images from local media outlets in China have given us a (camouflaged) glimpse at the EV’s exterior design.

Xiaomi Automobile is the EV-centric arm of one of China’s largest smartphone and electronics manufacturers, founded three years ago. After following much of its surprisingly quick and encouraging process in BEV development, Xiaomi launched its flagship SU7 EV in December of 2023, garnering an impressive number of orders from Chinese consumers loyal to the parent brand.

The infant EV model received over 50,000 orders in the first 27 minutes of going on sale, creating a waitlist of up to seven months. This incited Xiaomi Automobile to restructure its production strategy to manufacture and deliver more SU7s than initially planned to keep up with growing demand.

After just 32 days of production, Xiaomi celebrated its 10,000th SU7 build. By May 2024, we reported the young automaker was already developing a second all-electric model to compete against the globally popular Tesla Model Y.

Most recently, local media outlets in China have captured spy photos of what appears to be Xiaomi’s new EV – a sleek SUV coupe.

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Spy images show a sleek new Xiaomi coupe SUV EV

Local media outlet Xchuxing posted the spy images seen above, which appear to be the public’s first glimpse at Xiaomi’s next EV. The report also states the new model is a coupe SUV with a design similar to the Ferrari Purosangue and is expected to be released sometime in 2025.

These details align with our previous reports on Xiaomi’s second EV, which is expected to continue competing against Porsche and, in this instance, Tesla.

As you can see from the spy images, the covered Xiaomi EV has a LiDAR sensor on its roof, expected to be the same as its SU7 sibling, to enable the automaker’s NOA (Navigate on Pilot) ADAS.

The rear is larger than the SU7 sedan but appears to feature the same tail light design, further hinting that these spy images are, in fact, Xiaomi’s next EV. We will know more once the Chinese automaker publicly confirms the new model, hopefully alongside some non-camouflaged images.

However, from what we’ve seen so far, it looks sharp. We hope to learn more soon and report back.

Credit for all images: xchuxing.com

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