The AITO M7 has been launched in China as a full-sized EREV (range extender) premium SUV with 6 seats. AITO which is an acronym of ‘Adding intelligence to an Auto’, is a high-end brand jointly run by Seres (Sokon) and Huawei, where Huawei supplies ‘brains’ and some other parts, while Seres takes care of manufacturing. AITO’s first car, the M5 was launched in February 2022 and now the M7 being the second product in the lineup.
AITO M7 measures 5,020mm long, 1,945mm wide and 1,775mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,820 mm. For the sake of comparison, the current generation Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (5-door) is 4,825mm long, 1,885mm wide and 1,890 mm tall so the AITO M7 is even longer & wider than the Prado but stands shorter. Its wheelbase is also 30mm longer than 2,790mm of LC Prado.
The design is simple and less intricate, with front end got two separate headlights and an LED strip between them. The side profile features large greenhouse and electrically retractable door handles. The rear gets a large full-width LED taillight unit and embedded spoiler.
The M7 is a 6-seater with 2/2/2 seating layout with even the second row benefiting from heating, cooling and massage functions as standard. AITO is very proud of the M7’s interior, as the length of the passenger compartment reaches 2,605 mm. According to AITO, also made a comparison with BMW X7 (2,604 mm), Mercedes-Benz GLS (2,594 mm), and Audi Q7 (2,537 mm) during the launch event, which shows despite M7 being relatively smaller than aforementioned three, it still boasts a very smart space utilization.
Inside there is a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, 10.25 inch digital instrument panel, two wireless phone charging pads, and a diamond gear shifter. The main screen is of 15.6 inches which features Huwaei’s HarmonyOS system that benefits enabling video calls, voice assistant and a large apps ecosystem. The interior comes in 4 different colors, namely ‘amber brown’, ‘polar night black’, ‘spring apricot’ and ‘ivory white’.
Under the hood, the AITO M7 gets H15RT 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with an output of 125 hp. Since the M7 is an EREV, the ICE only powers the battery. There are two versions offered, first one goes with a single electric motor that powers the rear axle for 200 kW (272 hp) and 360 Nm. The second has two electric motors with a combined output of 330 kW (449 hp) and 660 Nm. It is pertinent to mention that Huawei makes the M7’s electric motors itself.
According to AITO, the M7 single motor variant sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds, whereas the acceleration time of dual-motor variant is 4.8 seconds. AITO claims that the M7 has passed the stringent Moose test at 74 km/h speed, which is better than the results of the BMW X7, and the Benz GLS etc.
The electric motors get their juice from Li-NMC 40-kWh battery made by CATL. With it on board, the M7 single motor can run up to 195 km in fully electric mode (WLTC) and 1,100 km (WLTC) with a range-extender. As for the M7 dual motor, its fully electric range is 165 km (WLTC) and a hybrid range is 1,000 km (WLTC).
AITO M7 received an overwhelming response straight after its launch with 20,000 units pre-sold within just 4 hours. The starting price of the M7 with a single electric motor is 319,800 yuan (PKR 98.9 lac). The mid-spec variant with two motors costs 339,800 yuan (PKR 1 crore 05 lac) while the price of top-spec variant reaches 379,800 yuan (PKR 1 crore 17.4 lac).
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