With its new electric car, Huawei proves that luxury can also be Chinese

With its new electric car, Huawei proves that luxury can also be Chinese
With its new electric car, Huawei proves that luxury can also be Chinese

After a presentation at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2024, the Stelato brand, co-founded by Huawei, unveils the interior of its new electric car, the S9. A hyper luxurious interior, which a priori has little to envy the leaders of the segment.

Stelato S9 // Source : Stelato

The massive electrification of the automotive industry is sometimes a source of surprise, with unexpected players trying their luck. We have talked at length about Xiaomi, which is launching (successfully) its SU7, but Huawei is not letting itself be put off.

The Chinese giant thus created the project Harmony Intelligent Mobility Alliance (HIMA) by forming partnerships with several players: with CATL, the world leader in batteries, to create Avatr, with Chery for Luxeed, and finally with BAIC for Stelato. It is the latter that interests us today.

A cabin with omnipresent luxury

Stelato presented its S9, a large electric sedan, at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2024, before launching pre-orders last June. However, several gray areas remained, including its interior, which a post Weibo of the brand comes to light.

Stelato S9 // Source : Stelato

The Stelato S9 is positioned as a luxury electric car, and we immediately understand why: these first images show us an extremely sophisticated interior. The independent rear seats can recline almost horizontally, not to mention being heated, ventilated and massaging, while leather and wood are omnipresent.

Huawei, however, does not forget its specialties: screens are more than present on board the Stelato. On the dashboard, with a large central panel (whose dimensions are not yet known) and behind the steering wheel (with a layout very similar to the… Tesla Model S), but also at the back, where a tablet between the two seats can help with adjustments.

Stelato S9 // Source : Stelato

The whole thing runs on HarmonyOS, while a Huawei Sound system, illustrated by a superb tweeter on the dashboard, is also present.

An attractive price, still some mysteries

An attractive presentation, therefore, and which is to be put into perspective with the prices displayed during pre-orders, where Stelato asked between 450,000 and 550,000 yuan for the different versions of its S9 (around 57,000 to 70,000 euros). Aggressive prices for the category, even in China.

Stelato S9 // Source : Stelato

Let’s remember that the S9 is a large sedan measuring 5.16 m long (including a 3.05 m wheelbase), available in a 309 hp rear-wheel drive version and a 496 hp all-wheel drive version. A few final mysteries remain, particularly regarding the batteries: while their sizes, characteristics and ranges have not yet been revealed.

The wait should be quick, however, since Stelato has announced a date for July 8 for the full presentation of this S9, which could compete with the BMW i7 and other Mercedes-Benz EQS in China – no word has been said on a possible arrival in Europe.


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