Chinese media have published patent drawings to show Hengchi 1. The newly developed vehicle from NEVS - Evergrande is to be shown this year and built in 2021. Maybe also in the former Saab factory in Trollhättan. He is accused of Saab Gene. Media see bonds on the Saab 9-4x and 9-3x. Is there anything there?
Finding information is not easy. The coronavirus changes everything. The list of things that could not happen is growing. Allegedly there should have been a study at the Geneva Motor Show. At the end of April, at the Beijing Auto Show, then the model for the series. Geneva was completely canceled, the new date for Beijing is now at the end of September. Everything is shifting now, hoping for better times and normalcy. Schedules can no longer be kept. Hengchi 1, the first of 15 new models planned by Evergrande, could also suffer.
The design of Hengchi 1 comes from Sweden
The patent drawings common in China show a medium-sized SUV. No surprise, ours Informations were appropriate. The SUV is purely electric; according to Chinese media, next-generation batteries such as the Koenigsegg are to be used as energy storage a Gemer used. There are no details yet.
And in general, Koenigsegg and Sweden seem to play a more interesting role in development than we would have thought. Ängelholm is said to be closely involved in the development, and Koenigsegg engineers will later support the start of production in China. The real surprise is another.
The design of Hengchi 1 should come from Sweden and not from cooperation partner Pininfarina. In China, RAW design is mentioned as the origin. RAW Design is a 100% subsidiary of Koenigsegg AB, head of design Sasha Selipanov came from Bugatti in 2019. There he drew the Bugatti Chiron.
Several media see a certain relationship to the Saab 1-9x in the patent drawings of Hengchi 4. Parallels cannot be dismissed out of hand, even if the drawings leave plenty of room for interpretation. It is noticeable that the vehicle shown does not wear the current China fashion, as is often drawn at Pininfarina.
Design surprisingly European
The headlights take up a relatively large amount of space and are not LED slots as in many other new releases. The front is simple and calm. The design is of a European cut. If you are looking for parallels, you can actually interpret Saab DNA. On the C-pillar, especially at an angle from the side, a hockey stick can be recognized with imagination - the typical characteristic of many Trollhättan cars. The bonnet of 9-4x and Hengchi 1 also have parallels in detail, an LED light strip could be used at the rear.
It will be exciting for Saab fans to see the first pictures of Hengchi 1. Maybe the electric SUV holds what is currently hinted at. The interior design will also be of interest. Scandinavian puristic in the Saab style, or based on Chinese taste? In the current situation, it is difficult to say when the presentation will be. It will definitely be exciting. Not only because a new car brand with global ambitions takes the stage.