Huawei Seres SF5 is a new electric SUV coupe, and was presented at the Shanghai 2021 Motor Show. The novelty, more than the car itself, is that we are talking about a car from Huawei, a Chinese company operating in the automotive sector. telecommunications. And it is not a prototype, but a model ready for sale, which will take place in the Chinese stores of Huawei and Seres. At the moment the Seres SF5 is intended for the domestic market and is not expected to be exported . Prices will be quite competitive, given that prices will start from 246,800 Chinese yuan (about 31,592 euros) for the all-wheel drive version and 216,800 yuan (about 27,647 euros) for the 2WD variant.
How it came to Huawei Seres SF5
Huawei's car is based on one of the Seres car manufacturer's models, the SF5. Seres is an electric car manufacturer based in Santa Clara, California, the heart of Silicon Valley . The company was born in 2016 and the founder is Xinghai Zhang, and in reality it is nothing more than a subsidiary of the Chinese group Sokon , located in the city of Chongqing. The first cars produced by the company are the SF5 and SF7. The SF5 was presented in 2019 at the Guanzhou Motor Show. It could be said that therefore Huawei has more than anything else made available its know-how with the integration of services in the SF5 of Seres.
Seres SF5: an impact aesthetic
The Huawei Seres SF5, which is 4,700mm long, 1,930mm wide, 1,625mm high and with a 2875mm wheelbase, has some pretty eye-catching lines . At the front we find a very sloping bonnet, with full LED headlights with a fairly simple geometry from the ends of which the L-shaped luminous signatures branch off and reach the lower trapezoidal air intake. Then there is a grille with small openings just below the projectors, an undoubtedly refined stylistic solution.
Several lines move the side of the body, thus giving dynamism. The pattern of the windows is curious, which almost assumes a flag shape in the part that goes from the B pillar to the C pillar. In fact the belt line rises from the B pillar, and at the same time the top line goes down more clearly than that of the pavilion, already quite sloping. A spoiler on the rear window follows the trend of the pavilion itself, improving aerodynamics.
The rear is sporty, with a rather sloping rear window and a hint of a diffuser. The lights are connected by a horizontal strip in which the inscription “Seres” is integrated. The led strip is divided into three parts, and is L-shaped inside the lights.
Interiors in the name of digitization
Inside the Huawei Seres SF5, the first thing that strikes you is the large tablet from which all the various functions of the car are managed , literally resting on the dashboard in a central position. It is quite generous in size, we assume around 15 inches. And this is where Huawei comes into play, having implemented its proprietary HiCar software here for the first time. This system guarantees a certain integration between smartphone and on-board system: for example, if you are using navigation, and this remains active once you get out of the car, this continues on the smartphone.
Huawei has also taken care of the audio system, which consists of 11 speakers scattered around the cockpit to ensure "a sound quality similar to that of concert rooms". According to Huawei, the soundproofing of the passenger compartment was also particularly taken care of, with a declared background noise of only 38 dB.
Huawei Seres SF5: autonomy declared as a record
Huawei Seres SF5 can boast an aluminum frame, with a suspension scheme that includes a classic McPherson at the front and a multilink at the rear. As with all the latest electric cars, the batteries have been placed under the floor, thus freeing up space in the passenger compartment and lowering the center of gravity at the same time.
As can be seen from the image below, on the front axle we find a four-cylinder 1.5-liter heat engine that serves only as an electric power generator plus an asynchronous electric motor . It is therefore a range extender electric car, with the second electric motor located on the rear axle . The latter has the DriveOne system, developed by Huawei and composed of seven components: micro control unit (MCU), motor, gearbox, DC converter, on-board charger (OBC), power distribution unit (PDU), battery check (BCU). This system on paper will be able to plan the best energy transmission path according to the different driving conditions of the vehicle, so that the powertrain always operates in optimal conditions.
The Huawei Seres SF5 should be able to travel 180 km in electric, which goes up to 1000 km once the heat engine comes into play . These numbers are based on the NEDC cycle, so they are to be taken with a grain of salt. The combined power is about 550 HP, the torque delivered equal to 820 Nm. The sprint could therefore only be lightning, with a 0-100 km / h sprint in 4.7 "and above all a 0-50 km / h sprint. in just 1.99 ″. It should be noted that the car is equipped with reverse charging, so it can supply energy to another vehicle or to any other electronic device.
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