You may have to get used to this procedure. Evergrande Auto presented 6 prototypes simultaneously in Shanghai and Guangzhou yesterday. Not offset in homeopathic doses to maintain interest. Just as you are used to from the auto industry. But with a big bang.
One could read that Evergrande in Chinese media. Always a number more important, the group can only do big. Details of the vehicles shown were lost at this moment, the big performance seemed the goal. And at least that was successful.
Hengchi 1, 2, 4.
A first attempt to get some overview of what was on stage yesterday. Evergrande Auto has committed a whole pool of well-known industrial designers. Everyone is allowed to deliver something, the designs shown vary accordingly. If you can say anything at this early stage, it is that there is no uniform design language.
But maybe that's not what you want. The Danish designer drew Hengchi 1, 2 and 4 Warming is different. He previously worked for Volkswagen, BMW and Mini. Most recently, he attracted attention with the study of the Isabela concept for the Borgward brand, which was newly born at short notice.
Hengchi 1 is the closest to the series, with production scheduled to start in 2021. Behind the number 1 is an electric sedan of the upper class that is supposed to carry a hatchback. Hengchi 2 is an electric middle class sedan, Hengchi 4 is an MPV with 7 seats. The design language of 1, 2 and 4 is relatively uniform, but not surprising. Competitors like XPeng Motors have a comparable design. A distinction would be difficult for the layperson.
Hengchi 3, 5, 6.
In addition to Anders Warming, Japanese designer Maruyama Satomi and American Michael Vernon Robinson work on behalf of Evergrande Auto. It was unclear yesterday who could have designed Hengchi 3 and 6. Hengchi 3 is a large, fully electric luxury SUV. Numbers 5 and 6 are more than one number smaller. The two SUVs are in the compact class. The Japanese Maruyama Satomi is said to have designed Hengchi number 5.
Technical details and resilient image material for the vehicles were also missing yesterday. Chinese too Media showed the prototypes only from a distance. An indication that much of Evergrande Auto is still at an early stage. The progress of the New building in Guangzhou. The plant is expected to be completed in September or October and then start operating.