Huawei & BAIC Stelato X4 spotted in China

The Chinese EV market appears to be evolving at breakneck speed, with tech titans increasingly dabbling in the electric vehicle industry. We only recently reported on Huawei and BAIC joining the race with the forthcoming Stelato X4 sedan, and now we have the first spy pictures of the vehicle. This mid-size electric automobile will be available in China in the first quarter of 2024, with prices ranging from RMB 300,000 to RMB 400,000 (roughly €39,370 to €52,480).

The Chinese automotive industry is undergoing a technological revolution as tech titans such as Alibaba, Baidu, and Xiaomi enter the car manufacturing business. Huawei, recognized for its hardware and software capabilities, has been actively seeking agreements with Chinese automakers in order to launch its own line of electric vehicles. The Stelato brand is the result of their most recent collaboration with BAIC.

The Stelato X4 was recently sighted during road tests in China, and it retains the design language seen in Huawei’s Luxeed S7 and Aito M9. The X4 looks sleek and futuristic in camouflage, with slim headlights, a distinguishing single taillight unit, and a trapeze-shaped air inlet on the front bumper. It is notable for using cameras instead of standard side-view mirrors, retractable door handles, and even a LiDAR sensor on its roof.

The powertrain of the Stelato X4 is shrouded in secrecy. However, it’s fair to expect Huawei to deploy its electric motor technology, which was used in the Luxeed S7, which has a 4WD system and a 375 kW power. This could set the Stelato X4 apart from its rivals in the Chinese EV market.

The Luxeed S7’s influence can be seen in the stelato X4’s interior design, which includes a three-spoke steering wheel, a sleek gear selector on the steering column, and a prominent floating screen on the center console. Wireless charging pads, a hidden storage, and buttons in place of standard door knobs are among the additional features. There’s also a fascinating Face-ID sensor clearly visible on the A-pillar.

The Stelato X4’s interior is notable for its lack of an AR-HUD (Augmented Reality Head-Up Display), a Huawei-developed technology. This display provides a gigantic 75-inch virtual image with an impressive brightness of 12,000 nits. The X4’s lack of it is startling, and it may have an impact on its appeal to tech-savvy users.

The Stelato X4 confronts heavy competition from established competitors in the Chinese EV sector as it prepares for its market launch. With industry titans such as NIO, XPeng, and Tesla dominating the scene, it remains to be seen whether Huawei and BAIC’s Stelato brand can make a big impact. Pricing, performance, and distinctive features will likely be important factors in determining its success.

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