While the rest of the automotive world was focused on the New York Auto Show, SF Motors unveiled the SF5 and SF7 at a special event in California.
The company didn’t say much about the models but the SF5 is a compact crossover which is slated to be launched next year. The stylish crossover features “Sigma-shaped” headlights, a rakish windscreen and a gently sloping roof. We can also see dynamic bodywork, a compact greenhouse and slender taillights.
The SF7 has a sportier design as it is a crossover coupe in the same vein as the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe. The company didn’t release many pictures of the model but it has front fender vents, a sporty roofline and muscular rear haunches. The crossover has also has a panoramic glass roof and an aggressive rear bumper.
Both models are slated to use a proprietary powertrain that includes custom motors, gearboxes and battery packs. The company also says we can expect a “flexible motor system allowing vehicle designs using one, two, three or four motor configurations.”
From 134 to…over 1,000 horsepower
The motors will have outputs ranging from 134 hp (100 kW) to 536 hp (400 kW) and the company says the range-topping four-motor system will have a combined output in excess of 1,000 hp (745 kW). This will reportedly enable vehicles equipped with the powertrain to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds.
Additional details are limited but the company says its battery pack will enable vehicles to have a range in excess of 300 miles (EPA) or 500 km (NEDC). For customers who need to travel longer distances, there will be a range-extended option which will use a “highly efficient, high-power onboard generator.”
Besides the high-tech powertrains, the crossovers will have a semi-autonomous driving system which has been dubbed “protective autonomy.” The system is slated to be launched in 2020 and it will use a LiDAR sensor to enable the vehicle to “handle typical driving tasks with limited input from humans.”
The SF5 will go into production later this year and be built in Chongqing, China as well as Mishawaka, Indiana. The company is particularly proud of the latter plant as they noted, “It is important to SF Motors that vehicles sold in America are made in America, which is why SF Motors acquired their Indiana factory in 2016. This former AM General plant has a legacy of producing high-end vehicles like the Hummer H2 and Mercedes R-Class, and has been retooled for premium EV production.”
SF Motors will have the capacity to build 200,000 units annually and pre-orders for the SF5 are slated to begin later this year.