China is no longer just a producer of cheap cars, including electric cars. One of the most successful Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer is the NIO company, which offers premium electric cars. And the Hongqi brand goes even further in this direction. It launched a huge luxury electric SUV: Hongqi E-HS9. It is a huge vehicle, as evidenced by the dimensions of 5,209 x 2,010 x 1,731 x 3,110 mm (length x width x height x wheelbase).

Hongqi is not an e-mobility startup. On the contrary, it is the oldest Chinese carmaker, which focuses on passenger cars. It was established in 1958. It originally produced vehicles for high-ranking government officials.

Hongqi E-HS9 is offered in two four-wheel-drive versions. The base one has the same electric motor on the front and rear axles, which produce 218 hp each and 350 Nm (a total of 436 HP and 700 Nm). But the first model on sale will be the top version, which has the same 218 hp engine on the front and a 333 hp engine in the back and 450 Nm (a total of 551 HP and 800 Nm).

Batteries are available in three sizes: 85, 99 and 120 kilowatt-hours. These are rated for 460, 510 and 650 kilometres of range, respectively (286, 317 and 404 miles).

Hongqi E-HS9 electric SUV can accelerate to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds.

The driver enjoys access to four displays at once, including a touch-enabled console. Multi-contour seats belong in the base spec along with a power-adjusted second-row and a third row. You may opt for a four-seater if six is too many for you. Heating and ventilation are also implemented, there are retractable footrests, and there are two additional multimedia screens on the backs of the front seats.

Other remarkable features include adaptive shock absorbers, seven electronic drive modes, and an adaptive cruise control system with semi-autonomous driving support. The steering wheel has a capacity-based sensor that ensures that the driver keeps the hands on the wheel.

The Hongqi E-HS9 has been designed by Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's chief designer until a year ago. This fact is very noticeable in some of its solutions so that any resemblance to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is not a coincidence.

The Norwegian importer, which already works with Renault and Mitsubishi, will be in charge of distributing the Hongqi E-HS9 in the Scandinavian country. 

The sale price has not been officially announced. In China, it is approximately 550,000 yuan which is approximately 70,000 euros for the entry version. For the Norwegian market, transport costs and the importer's commission will have to be added, which should raise its price somewhat.

Hongqi's European plan is not limited to the E-HS9 or the Norwegian market. The manufacturer promises further expansion that will reach other markets on the old continent with various models. The next will be a more modest electric SUV, the E-HS3. The E-HS3's electric motor has a  power of 114 kW and it is equipped with a lithium battery pack developed by the FAW group itself.



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