Xiaomi had earlier announced a partnership with FAW’s Bestune for a customized T77 SUV for its fans. While there were speculations that it will be launched under the Redmi brand, it is now official that the tailored Bestune T77 comes equipped with Xiaomi’s smart features and will be sold using Xiaomi’s Youpin platform.
After setting the hopes high, it is somewhat of a setback for Xiaomi fans who were expecting an SUV under the Redmi brand and not a customized Bestune T77.
FAW’s sub-brand, Bestune has already rolled out the car in the Chinese market for CNY124,800 ($18,600) to CNY135,800 ($20,000) and it boasts Xiaomi’s virtual assistant. While Bestune T77 was already in the market, the latest version has seen a large number of changes on the inside.
It comes with the Mi AI Speaker and holographic AI assistant called XiaoAI, just like Cortana but with a custom face/avatar. What’s more, the integrated Assistant can also control smart home systems and IoT gadgets from Xiaomi. An audio and visual interaction with the AI Assistant in the Bestune T77 offers a unique experience.
The other specs are:
- Dimensions: 4525 x 1845 x 1615 mm
- Wheelbase: 2700 mm
- Weight: 1455 kg
- 1.2L Turbocharged Engine
- 6-speed MT Gearbox
- Maximum Horsepower: 143Ps
- Maximum Power: 105kW
- Maximum Torque: 204Nm
The car is available for sale at Xiaomi’s online shopping platform, Youpin. For now, it is being sold in China only.
At the release even in Beijing, Liu Changqing, the General Manager of FAW, said he is looking forward to closer cooperation between Bestune and Xiaomi for more cars.