Hongqi has historically been the automotive maker for the highest echelons of the CCP. Based in 1958, it’s also known as the Rolls-Royce of China. However whereas its L sequence continues to be very unique, with the L5 limo out there solely to these with the best connections, it now enjoys rising business success with its H sequence.
Final 12 months, the FAW-owned agency bought virtually 200,000 vehicles, with most analogous to fashions from Germany’s huge three and Jaguar. In 2018, FAW employed former Rolls-Royce man Giles Taylor to supervise Hongqi’s design course. The Brit was chargeable for the Cullinan, and definitely there are echoes of that within the first design beneath his stewardship: the E-HS9 electrical SUV. Gross sales have already commenced in Norway, and extra European international locations are prone to observe.
What’s it like?
There’s nothing understated about this automotive, from its 5209mm size and 2010mm width to its imposing grille. The strains total are largely typical, with nothing gifting away its EV nature. Press the open button, although, and also you get mild theatrics, and when it’s charging, the chrome strip on the C-pillar acts as an indicator utilizing LED strips.
The inside is visually spectacular, however the materials high quality doesn’t stay as much as expectations. The leather-based of the quilted seats is artificial in components and the padding across the centre console cubbyhole doorways is just too skinny. Equally, the wooden veneer on the centre console seems to be pretend.Nonetheless, the electrically adjustable seats are comfy and have heating, cooling and therapeutic massage capabilities. These, along with the air con, are managed by way of the touchscreen that stretches from the centre console as much as the air vents.
Certainly, screens dominate the dashboard. The motive force will get a digital dial show (utilizing buttons and scrollers on the steering wheel, you possibly can change the driving mode and what knowledge the show exhibits). Within the centre is a really text-heavy infotainment touchscreen (with three columns of Chinese language textual content to navigate by way of, it was very tough to make use of). And in our check automotive, the entrance passenger will get their very own leisure display.
The highest trim degree for Norway will get you six seats, however the Chinese language flagship is a four-seater. The second-row seats are much like these within the entrance however lack massaging and achieve an armrest. Local weather controls and device-charging ports are mounted on the again of the centre console.