Apple’s major Chinese smartphone rival Xiaomi has beaten the company to the punch by releasing a fully-fledged car, and to rub it in they named it after the iPhone.
While Apple Car is almost definitely a thing, the worst-kept secret in tech is likely not coming until later in the decade. The Xiaomi SU7 sedan, however, will begin deliveries in just three months time.
As CarNewsChina reports, the car has been “leaked” by filings with local regulators, which include high-res shots of the vehicle published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) before their official announcement.
“Xiaomi SU7 is an electric sedan with dimensions 4997/1963/1455 mm and a wheelbase of 3000 mm. It will have two wheel options, 19″ and 20″; tire specifications are 245/45 R19 and 245/40 R20, respectively,” the report states, “Xiaomi showed two versions – with lidar and without. Lidar is installed behind the front windshield.”
There are two powertrain options, a 220kW RWD motor or a 495kW AWD motor. Other exciting features include an active rear wing and a built-in ETC function that will automatically pay tolls without the need to stop the car. However, it’s the name that will really rub Apple the wrong way.
What’s in a name?
That’s right, there are three versions of Xiaomi’s 4-door, 5-seater. The SU7, SU7 Pro, and the SU7 Max, a hilarious (and possibly intentional) nod to Apple’s iPhone lineup, notably the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
This might be a sheer coincidence, but Xiaomi has copied Apple enough times to make me think it might not be. The outfit is notorious for making devices that look like clones of Apple products, notably its old Mi4 which looked like an iPhone 5, and perhaps the most egregious example, its Mi8 phone. There are countless other alternatives, including most recently a new Xiaomi advert that is almost a frame-for-frame copy of Apple’s epic Titanium advert for its new iPhone.
One thing Xiaomi can’t be accused of copying is the actual Apple Car, because nobody knows what that looks like. However, as X user Ian Zelbo notes, I’d imagine that the lawyers at Porsche, Tesla, and McLaren are all sharpening their knives as we speak.
More from iMore
Master your iPhone in minutes
iMore offers spot-on advice and guidance from our team of experts, with decades of Apple device experience to lean on. Learn more with iMore!
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
Of course the names are at the bottom of the article so let me save you the time:Reply
The SU7, SU7 Pro, and the SU7 Max
I wouldn’t call an apple clone a rival.Reply
Thank you!!!!Just_Me_D said:Of course the names are at the bottom of the article so let me save you the time:
The SU7, SU7 Pro, and the SU7 Max