Hengchi 1 is expected to begin mass production of Evergrande Auto in the second half of 2021. So far there have only been pictures of the concept car. New pictures show Hengchi 1 as he will run off the conveyor belt. The design is therefore close to the original Concept remained.
Hengchi 1 drew Anders Warming. The former BMW and Mini designer also presented an interesting Saab design. The X_Ray Vision anticipated what a Saab of the future might look like. Would the brand exist again. Hengchi 1 rolls forward more conventionally than the Saab.
If you didn't know about the authorship by Warming, you could mistake the design for a design by any Italian design studio. That might sound harsh, but it corresponds to reality. Because the first ever product from Evergrande Auto looks appealing, but it wears the usual fashion that all brands in Asia wear. If you were to stick Xpeng or Nio on the bow, what would be the difference? You could even write Lucid Motors, the hyped Tesla rival, on the body. Nobody would be surprised.
In general, this is exactly where the problem of the emerging electric car manufacturers from the Middle Kingdom could lie. Their products are visually as distinguishable as smartphones whose trademarks have been masked off. Maybe this is accepted in the corporate headquarters, maybe only the flat rate will soon count anyway and the design is a minor matter.
Even if you cannot discover any details that could somehow represent Hengchi specifically for a new brand, the result is pleasing. The viewer can decide for himself whether the rear or the front stands for the chocolate side. In any case, purely optically, the sedan would be suitable for the world market. So far, there has been no mention of the technology and performance data.
The design of the interior remains open. Evergrande Auto is releasing details in smaller portions in its home market, which is sure to be a smart decision. Whether Hengchi 1 will follow the trend towards many and large displays, or whether it will surprise here, remains open for the moment.
What is certain, however, is that there could be a bit of Sweden in Hengchi 1. NEVS sees itself more and more as a development location for Evergrande Auto and hopes to be able to play a bigger role in the future.