During road tests, the Luxeed S9 all-electric fastback SUV from Huawei and Chery was spotted in China. It will become another Chinese answer to the Tesla Model Y. The spied version has a single 292-hp electric motor from Huawei on the rear axle. It will hit the Chinese market in Q2 2024, becoming the second model in the Luxeed lineup after the recently launched Luxeed S7 sedan.
Luxeed was founded in China this year as a joint project between Chery and Huawei. Its domestic name is 智界 (Zhijie). In this collaborative project, Chery provides the E0X electric platform and takes care of manufacturing. And Huawei acts as a leading parts supplier. Luxeed vehicles are offered in Huawei’s flagship stores around China. However, Chery has recently applied for the Luxeed trademark in Russia, indicating it will take care of the new brand’s global sales.
The first model from the Luxeed brand is the recently launched S7 electric sedan. And the second model under Luxeed will be a fastback SUV.
Luxeed S9 fastback SUV spy shots
Luxeed S9 has an internal codename EHY. It stands on the E0X electric platform. Its exterior styling stays in line with the S7 sedan. It has thin LED headlights, a sloped bonnet line, and retractable door handles. The version spotted in China has a LiDAR sensor on the roof. From the back, the Luxeed S9 has slanted rear pillars, a ducktail spoiler, and a single LED taillight unit. The wheelbase of the Luxeed S9 reaches 2.95 meters.
Based on spy shots, Chinese designer Sugar Design prepared unofficial render images of the Luxeed S9. It stays in line with the S7 sedan. This fastback SUV also has small side view mirrors, sporty red brake calipers, and a small charging port on the rear right fender.
Inside, the Luxeed S9 also looks similar to the Luxeed S7. It has a small, oval-shaped three-spoke steering wheel. Its front seats have integrated headrests and a sporty shape. The center console of the S9 has a large floating touchscreen. It also has an LCD instrument panel, a Face ID sensor on the front pillar, and a center tunnel with two cup holders and wireless charging pads. The S9 also has a huge sunroof.
The spotted Luxeed S9 has a single Huawei-made electric motor on the rear axle. Its power output reaches 215 kW (292 hp). Its 4WD version has an electric motor on the front axle for 150 kW (204 hp). The Luxeed S9 will have three optional batteries: LFP for 62 kWh, M3P (NMC+LFP) for 82 kWh, and NMC for 100 kWh.
The Luxeed S9 will enter the Chinese market in Q2 2024. Its price range has yet to be revealed. However, it is positioned as the Tesla Model Y rival. In China, the American SUV costs 266,400 – 363,900 yuan (37,440 – 51,140 USD).