AITO M5 Is Huawei’s Second Attempt At Building A Car


In April last year, Huawei and Chinese automaker Seres unveiled a new crossover that is effectively the first car to be sold by Huawei. The SF5 was not developed from scratch by a tech company, although it has great input in many aspects. This model did not turn out to be a sales success for either company, and only a few months later they took a different approach. The SF5 turned into a more luxurious crossover and was launched under the new AITO brand.

The AITO M5 officially launched in December last year, and while it still retains the DNA of the SF5, it offers a more comfortable interior, improved design, and seriously upgraded technology. Our friends and colleagues at Wheelboy车轮哥 are among the first to review the new crossover and they are happy to share their exclusive videos and photo galleries with Motor1.comviewer.

But what is Huawei’s involvement in this vehicle? Well, for starters, basically providing an electric motor for the hybrid powertrain. The M5 uses a 1.5 liter turbocharged petrol engine that acts as a generator and never actually drives the wheels. Depending on the specifications, system output is 272 horsepower (203 kilowatts), 428 hp (319 kW), or 496 hp (370 kW). Huawei is also working on in-car electronics and presenting its infotainment system, which the reviewers in this video claim to be one of the best in the industry.

The flagship model, shown in the video, has a relatively large 40 kWh battery pack, which should be enough for a range of about 93 miles (150 kilometers) if we are to trust the WLTP-certified numbers. The most powerful version can sprint from rest to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in just 4.4 seconds. Once the battery is depleted, the combustion engine should provide another 560 miles (900 km) of ICE-EV mix.

One of the unique features this car has — by the way, many new Chinese cars have a lot of them — is a system that simulates different engine and exhaust sounds. The most interesting part here is that it also produces a fake sound that simulates the gear shifting of the transmission.


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