New Huawei crossover SUV spotted in China

Spy photos of the latest model from Luxid, a car brand co-developed by Chery and Huawei, have recently surfaced. This new vehicle, called the S9, has been spotted during road testing in China.

The Luxid S9 is a sporty crossover SUV with a profile reminiscent of the upcoming Neo ET9. While it shares some similarities with the current S7 model, especially up to the C-pillar, the S9 has a distinctly short and abrupt end to the rear.

Up front, the S9 features three-lens headlights that extend to the air intakes. A lidar unit is visible on the roof, indicating advanced driver-assistance capabilities. The side profile shows minimal overhangs at both the front and rear, contributing to its sleek, sporty look.

The rear of the car maintains the continuity of the S7’s design, featuring a through-light design with large clusters at each end. The tailgate features a duck-tail design and ends upwards with a minimalist rear window. The doors of the car are expected to be frameless, which adds to the modern aesthetic of the car.

Interior spy shots show a sophisticated, double-layer design similar to the S7. The LCD instrument screen is located towards the rear of the dashboard, while the centrally located, floating control screen is located at the intersection of the dashboard and center console.

The steering wheel has a unique squashed look with only two scroll wheels for controls. Face recognition technology is mounted on the A-pillar, highlighting the car’s advanced security and personalisation features.

While specific details about the S9’s powertrain are still under wraps, it is expected to feature the Huawei Motor System and an 800V silicon carbide high-voltage platform. The S7 offers single-motor and dual-motor versions with maximum power of 288 HP for the rear-wheel-drive model and 489 HP for the all-wheel-drive model. The S9 is expected to match or exceed these power outputs. Battery options are likely to include the 82 kWh and 100 kWh packs available in the S7.

The official launch of the Luxid S9 is expected either later this month or in the third quarter of this year. Huawei and Chery are keen to avoid the hassles that came with the Luxid S7, which needed to be relaunched in April 2024 despite initial deliveries starting in November 2023.

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