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Xiaomi Car: OEM responds to latest design leaks

Is this Xiaomi's first car? (Source: Car News China)
Is this Xiaomi's first car? (Source: Car News China)
Xiaomi's upcoming first-gen car is reportedly coming along in testing ahead of its upcoming launch. The vehicle has allegedly been spotted in some new leaks that have drawn comparisons between it and a certain Tesla vehicle. However, according to a company executive, all is not as it appears.

The personal electronics giant Xiaomi is expected to make a leap into automobiles as of 2024. Its inaugural car has allegedly leaked in the form of schematics that purport to reveal the shape of its front and rear bumpers ahead of schedule. Then again, the tip may prove disappointing for those hoping for a vehicular version of something like the 12S Ultra.

The renders in question suggest a shape quite like that of the Tesla Model 3, particularly around the headlights. As the rest of the vehicle is projected to be in the form of a sedan, it might seem that Xiaomi is looking to ape a much more established marque in order to drive sales.

This potential hint of under-confidence on Xiaomi's part has been disrupted by the OEM's general manager of PR, Wang Hua, who insists that, while the new leak does pertain to the company's car-building plans, it is of a generic template supplied to it by BAIC Mold & Plastic.

Therefore, the real first-gen Xiaomi car might have a much different exterior by the time it reaches the market. Hua's explanation may or may not also cover pictures showing the OEM's alleged current prototype  vehicle, the "Modena", in the course of cold-weather testing in Inner Mongolia.

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Xiaomi's alleged car moldings...
Xiaomi's alleged car moldings...
...might match its "Modena" prototype. (Source:  ITHome, Car News China)
...might match its "Modena" prototype. (Source: ITHome, Car News China)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-01-25 (Update: 2023-04-12)