Huawei is best known for its smartphones, but did you know they’re now into the business of selling cars? Chinese technology company Huawei officially announces that their first production car, the Huawei Seres SF5, is already on sale at its flagship stores in China.
Huawei’s first-ever production car has been developed in collaboration with Seres, hence the name. Seres is an American company based in California that makes electric vehicle components. The Huawei Seres SF5 also happens to be the company’s first production vehicle.
From the outside, the Huawei Seres SF5 features a crossover body style with a striking front end. Some of its signature design cues are its L-shaped LED daytime running lights and flushed door handles. Like many electric vehicles (EV) nowadays, the SF5’s body is curvaceous for better aerodynamics. At the back, the SF5 features full-width LED taillights, which we seem to think is an emerging design trend since most new vehicles are adopting this design.
Dimensionally, the Huawei Seres SF5 measures 4,700 mm long, 1,930 mm wide, and 1,625 mm tall. With its 2,875 mm wheelbase, the SF5 is on the larger end of the compact SUV segment.
The interior of the Huwaei Seres SF5 features a minimalist design. There’s a clear lack of buttons like many modern electric cars. Instead, everything is controlled through the large portrait touch screen or fully digital instrument cluster. Huawei primarily worked on the car’s software, with the touch screen running on the Chinese tech company’s Harmony OS-based HiCar system. The infotainment system automatically connects and syncs all of the data from your smartphone in just a few seconds. The Seres SF5 also has an 11-speaker sound system with two subwoofers, which is said to provide an immersive acoustic experience.
As a way to further make this car feel quiet and refined, engineers doubled down on the car’s sound insulation. There’s plenty of sound-deadening materials along with double-layer acoustic front glass. Huawei claims that the Seres SF5’s noise levels are at 38 decibels when idle.
Powering the Huawei Seres SF5 are two electric motors at the front and rear axles, which have a total combined output of 543 hp and 820 Nm of torque. With these solid numbers, this electric crossover SUV can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 4.7 seconds.
Rather than opting for a large battery pack, the Huawei Seres SF5 is actually an EV with a gasoline engine range-extender. When fully charged, its range is only at a measly 180 km. With the 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine running as a generator, its full range is up to 1,000 km.
As with many modern cars nowadays, the Huawei Seres SF5 is equipped with a millimeter-wave radar, ultrasonic sensors, and numerous cameras to provide a degree of autonomous driving. These include the usual automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane centering, full-speed radar cruise control, just to name a few.
The Huawei Seres SF5 is now on sale at Huawei’s flagship stores in China with a price tag of ¥216,800 or around P1.6 million