In case you hadn’t noticed, some very impressive luxury cars and EVs have been born out of China in recent years. Among the nation’s most premium brands are Hongqi and last year, the brand unveiled its electric E-HS9 SUV. YouTube reviewer Wheelsboy recently had the opportunity to put it through its paces.
Hongqi offers the E-HS9 with two powertrain configurations, both with dual electric motor setups. Sitting at the base of the range is a variant with 430 hp and 444 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque while the flagship model is good for 543 hp and 555 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. The entry-level variant also uses an 84 kWh battery pack while the flagship model has a larger 99 kWh.
One of the first things that the reviewer notes about the E-HS9 is just how big it is. In fact, it is 205.1 inches (5,209 mm) long, meaning it is 2.3-inches (58 mm) longer than the BMW X7. Interestingly, its wheelbase is 0.2 inches (5 mm) shorter than the X7.
The interior of the electric SUV looks extremely premium. The example tested has bright Burgundy-colored leather and a number of lovely wooden pieces of trim. Dominating the dashboard are no less than three 16.2-inch displays consisting of a digital gauge cluster, an infotainment screen, and a passenger media screen. There is then a fourth screen that is dedicated to the climate control functions.
While driving the car, the reviewer notes that as the E-HS9 weighs over 6,000 lbs, it isn’t what you would call sporty. However, for cruising on the highway, it looks to be a very compelling electric SUV.