Hongqi EH7 EV sedan with 455 kW spotted in China ahead of launch

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Spy shots of the Hongqi EH7 offer a glimpse into the first new energy sedan based on Hongqi’s new FMEs architecture. The pictures were taken at a Changchun dealer in China. It has been speculated it will be released in both a battery-swapping version and a long-range fast-charging variant, with a maximum range of up to 800 kilometers. EH7 is expected to hit the market soon.

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The electric vehicle is built on a chassis measuring 4980/1915/1490 mm, and a wheelbase of 3000 mm, with a curb weight of 2,254 kg and a mass of 2,704 kg.

The RWD version will be fitted with a 253 kW motor manufactured by FAW, with a ternary battery from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL). This version will be equipped with 245/50 R18 tires.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-58-800x439.pngThe AWD version also utilizes CATL’s ternary battery, paired with two motors – a 202 kW motor on the front axle and a 253 kW motor on the rear axle, both manufactured by FAW. This variant will include a choice between 245/45 R19 and 265/40 R19 tires. The car’s top speed is noted at 190 km/h.

Hongqi is also working on its fourth electric model, the EHS7. It is also based on the FMEs architecture. One may even call the EHS7 an EH7-cross. According to the previous information, the EHS7 will enter the Chinese market in March-April this year as Hongqi wants to keep up with the EV trend.

China First Automobile Works (FAW) declared that the Hongqi brand achieved a retail sales breakthrough of 370,000 units in 2023, indicating a year-on-year growth of 29.5%. Notably, the retail sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) surpassed 85,000 units, marking a remarkable year-on-year growth of 135%. The Hongqi H5 and Hongqi HS5 achieved annual sales exceeding 100,000 units, with a year-on-year growth of 40%.

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Hongqi’s current lineup of new energy products includes the large SUV Hongqi E-HS9 and the midsize sedan E-QM5, both pure electric models.

It is worth noting that Hongqi independently developed an electric prototype vehicle that achieved a braking distance of 29.68 meters per 100 kilometers at the Hainan Qionghai test track late last year, setting a new world record for the braking distance of electric vehicles.

Source: Autohome

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