And it seems properly luxurious too.
Remember Hongqi? This is the company that brazenly copied the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, despite proving that it is capable of coming up with its own designs in its luxury limo and its insane electric hypercar. Well, the company has a new model, and it's a little less obviously a copy of others' work. It's called the E-HS9, and that first letter of the name gives a clue as to what propels it. This new luxury SUV has an electric motor on each axle and is coming in two variants: one with 215 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and another with 328 hp and 332 lb-ft.
The less powerful version is claimed to have a range of 286 miles while the more powerful derivative can go as far as 317 miles on a single charge. It's quick too, with this top model achieving 0-62 mph in under four seconds. Sure, there are electric cars that can cut that time in half, but this is a luxury SUV that is 2.3 inches longer than a BMW X7. As a luxury vehicle, there is a multitude of gadgets, with three digital displays, plenty of high-end leather, and wood trim offset by aluminum accents. It looks good inside and out, although we can't help but notice Range Rover and RR Cullinan inspirations in the body.
Still, there are some unique touches. The crystal gear knob is a stand-out detail, while slats overlapping ambient lighting panels are another nice touch. So what does this luxury Chinese EV cost? Reports out of the republic say that pricing has been set at 550,000 yuan, or $80,670 for the base version and 750,000 yuan or $110,000 for the top trim. Sure, that's a lot more than a Model Y costs and it has a lot less range, but it's also a lot cheaper than a Roll-Royce Cullinan and stands out just as well as the British luxury SUV.