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Hongqi E-HS9 Norway deliveries from Q4 2021 [Update]

Hongqi E-HS9 Norway deliveries from Q4 2021 [Update]

The first batch of Hongqi E-HS9 cars for customers has reached Norway. FAW-Hongqi held the launch ceremony of its export commencement on 29 September 2021. At the end of October 2021, FAW-Hongqi loaded more than 400 on Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s Thermopylae cargo ship, Hongqi Norge said in a Facebook post. Local media drives took place the same month, while test drives will begin in December 2021.

FAW-Hongqi has received an order of 500 E-HS9s, says a report from Sina Auto. 1,300 Norwegians have seen the E-HS9 prototypes the company shipped earlier this year, as per this report.

Hongqi E-HS9 Norway export first batch
Hongqi E-HS9 test drives in Norway will begin in December 2021. Image Source: Facebook/Hongqi Norge

The dealership Motor Forum Skøyen, in Oslo, has had one vehicle on display (via Facebook) since at least February 2021. The E-HS9 was on a roadshow across Norway, traveling places such as Stavanger, Kvinesdal, Arendal, and Tønsberg so potential customers could see it.

The Hongqi E-HS9, or as the western media calls it, the ‘Chinese Rolls Royce Cullinan,’ will be delivered to customers in Norway this year. On its Facebook page, the local subsidiary is promising deliveries by December 2021. Prices, as per the Hongqi Norge website, are:

Hongqi E-HS9 Variant Price in Norway
Comfort kr. 599.900
Premium kr. 684.900
Exclusive kr. 759.900
Introductory prices, as per HongqiNorge.no

The introduction of the E-HS9 in the European market is regarded as the first and critical step for Hongqi to establish the brand in the Old Continent. Hongqi’s strategy is to start with North-western Europe with its E-HS9 and familiarize European buyers with the Hongqi brand. It follows a top-down approach and plans to launch small-and-medium-size SUV and sedan models.

FAW has tied up with Norwegian auto distributor Motor Gruppen – a reputable distributor in Norway with 45 years of experience – to sell the Hongqi E-HS9. Motor Gruppen would support both sales and service of the E-HS9 in the Norwegian market. FAW believes that it will expand the availability of the Hongqi range from Europe to the rest of the world in the future.

Design

The Hongqi E-HS9 has a sleek exterior and a far more futuristic interior than any Rolls-Royce car. However, there’s no denying that its statesman-like styling has hints of the British model. The E-HS9 is generating interest even in other markets. On 29 September 2020, FAW had said that it had received 1,437 orders, of which 650 units have been ordered from abroad.

Hongqi E-HS9 side profile Chinese Rolls Royce
The Hongqi E-HS9 can go up to at least 510 km on a full charge in the top-end configuration. Image Source: FAW-Hongqi

Giles Taylor, a former designer at Rolls-Royce, has designed the Hongqi E-HS9, the production version of the Hongqi E115 concept. Before joining Hongqi as its Global Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer, Taylor oversaw the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Phantom designs.

The Hongqi E-HS9 features the 12-bar vertical grille that lights up in a U formation with the ‘Red Flag’ icon at the centre. The grille is flanked by two vertical ‘fangs’ to emphasize the 3D effect, and the headlamps could be the largest for a production vehicle. The shoulder line runs from the upper lamps across to the side to the rear combination lights to provide a commanding look. Other details worth mentioning include the pillar bezels to break the optical bulk, height emphasized by its glass-to-metal ratio, side applique designed like a light trail, and chrome bumper finishers.

The interior layout may be conventional, but the cabin is one of the most digital ones in the industry. There are seven displays divided between the first- and second-row occupants, four in the front and three at the back.

Matrix LED headlights, flush-fitting door handles, face recognition AR-enabled full-HD head-up display, ‘fully-digital dashboard’ integrating three displays, and flush-fitted second-row entertainment displays in first-row seats are some of the equipment highlights of the Hongqi E-HS9. Level 3+ autonomous driving tech is also available on the brand’s flagship SUV.

Specifications

The Hongqi E-HS9 is based on the FMA platform. It measures 5,209 mm in length, 2,010 mm in width, and 1,713 mm/1,731 mm in height, and it has a 3,110 mm wheelbase. It is available in two different technical configurations, both having an AWD drivetrain layout with two motors. The base configuration is available in 7-seat and 6-seat versions, and the top-end configuration is available in 6-seat and 4-seat versions with 22-inch wheels.

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The base configuration has two 160 kW motors and an 84 kWh battery pack, and it delivers a range of at least 460 km (NEDC). The top-end configuration uses a 160 kW motor, a 245 kW motor, and a 99 kWh battery pack. It can go up to at least 510 km (NEDC) on a full charge. With just 10 minutes of fast charging, both configurations can return a range of 100 km or more. The E-HS9 supports wireless charging technology that can fully charge the SUV in 8.4 hours.

E-HS9 long-range variant file surfaces

A document from China’s Ministry of Information and Technology we have accessed reveals that the Hongqi E-HS9 will receive a new variant that can deliver 690 km of range (NEDC). We don’t know the exact battery capacity, but the energy density is 206 Wh/kg. The variant has two motors, which signifies an AWD layout. Both are permanent magnet synchronous motors, and they generate 160 kW of power and 300 Nm of torque each. The top speed is 200 km/h, and the energy consumption rating is 18 kWh/100 km. The extended-range variant could arrive in Norway in 2022.

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