Hongqi E-HS9 is a super-luxury SUV with a length of 5,209 mm. A Chinese competitor of cars such as the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan is betting on electric propulsion.
Chinese carmakers have made a big leap ahead in recent years, so many of them are now trying to break into the challenging European market as well. The latest Hongqi luxury brand is entering Europe, with the ambition to compete with the most luxurious on the market. The brand belonging to the FAW Group is sometimes nicknamed the Chinese Rolls-Royce due to its character.
Meeting European emissions standards is becoming increasingly difficult, so it is no wonder that Hongqi is trying to break through in Europe with electric cars. And where else to try it first than in the paradise of such cars, in Norway. The first batch of Hongqi E-HS9 super-luxury SUV, which left the Chinese city of Changchun at the end of September, is heading to the local market. Car sales in Norway are scheduled to begin in December.
The carmaker attracts customers to a unique and visionary design, which gives the car a strong attitude and a specific Eastern touch. By the way, the team of Gilles Taylor, the former chief designer of the carmaker Rolls-Royce, is signed under it, which spice up the relationship between the SUV and potential competition. Due to its size, next to the Bentay Bentayg, this is exactly the SUV from Rolls-Royce, Cullinan.
But the Hongqi E-HS9 also promises “impressive performance and very good driving characteristics”, which is to be helped by the technician in the bowels. The luxury SUV 5,204 mm long with a wheelbase of 3,110 mm relies on the most modern elements.
It will be available in Norway with two sets of batteries. The basic model with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 84 km will cover 396 kilometers according to the combined WLTP cycle, while higher specifications will rely on a 99kWh battery, thanks to which they will travel up to 465 km according to WLTP. It can be recharged with a quick charger with direct current of up to 110 kW.
In both cases, all wheels are driven by a system with two electric motors, one for each axle. With the help of seven different programs, it can adapt to different driving conditions, thanks to which it has to handle even demanding Norwegian roads. Models with a weaker battery promise a combined power of 320 kW, while those with a larger battery promise even 405 kW. They accelerate from 0-100 km / h in 4.9 seconds, the maximum speed is limited to 200 km / h.
The cabin is six-seater or seven-seater, while the Hongqi third row claims to be comfortable even for adult passengers. There is also a high degree of luxury, whether decorated with walnut wood or soft leather upholstery. The dashboard consists of a pair of giant displays with a diagonal of 16.2 “, the equipment already includes blind spot monitoring or automatic parking assistant as standard. Higher specifications have air suspension, door closing or ventilated seats with massage function.
Hongqi E-HS9 will be offered on the Norwegian market for basically 619,900 Norwegian kroner, which is about 1.6 million crowns. And this is a very interesting offer, because for a similar amount in Norway you get an Audi e-tron Sportback (basically for 622,100 Norwegian crowns), although a luxurious but significantly smaller SUV.