Huawei-backed Aito M9 SUV comes with more screens than seats

Max McDee, 28 December 2023

Aito, a joint venture between Huawei and Seres, has officially unveiled its flagship six-seater SUV, the M9. Boasting more screens than seats, this electric SUV aims to be a multimedia consumption device on wheels.

Aito offers two powertrain options. The fully electric version boasts dual motors with 523 hp and a CATL-sourced 97.7 kWh battery, providing 391 miles of range. Alternatively, the range-extender variant combines a turbocharged 1.5-liter generator with dual electric motors, offering a combined range of up to 871 miles with both battery and gas tank full.

The Aito M9 has a modern silhouette, adorned with high-tech headlights reminiscent of Huawei's Luxeed S7 sedan. These adaptive matrix LED units can also transform any flat surface into a 100-inch display thanks to an integrated projector. Whether you're into open-air karaoke or drive-in movie theaters, the Aito M9 promises entertainment on the go.

The cabin features a dashboard akin to Mercedes' hyperscreen. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 15.6-inch central infotainment screen, and a 16-inch front passenger screen merged behind a common surface as well as a 75-inch head-up display are available up front. There are additional tablets for rear passengers, all powered by Huawei's HarmonyOS 4 system. The audio experience is equally impressive, featuring a 25-speaker 2,080-watt audio system with active noise reduction technology.

The 6-seater layout is flexible, with electrically operated seats that can be transformed into a double bed configuration.

Slightly larger than a BMW X7, the Aito M9 stands at 205.9 inches long, 78.7 inches wide, and 70.9 inches tall, with a wheelbase of 122.4 inches. It achieves a decent drag coefficient of 0.264 Cd.

Produced by Seres with Huawei's contribution to the electric powertrain, sensors, and infotainment, the Aito M9 aims to compete with luxury SUVs in the Chinese market, including Li Auto L9, Nio ES8, HiPhi X, and offerings from European automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The Aito M9 is available for order in China, ranging from RMB 469,800 ($65,700) to RMB 569,800 ($79,700), with the first deliveries expected in early 2024.


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  • Anonymous

Now every smartphone firm makes a luxury electric SUV because they are made with the same batteries.



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