Evergrande Auto wants to get the auto industry moving with the Hengchi brand. Expectations are high, but there is no revolution. But not the surprise. In the interior, Hengchi 1 is traditional and spoiled with luxury that is reminiscent of the heyday of the Empire. We rub our eyes in amazement.
There are always surprising things coming from China. Especially when it comes to cars, and in the variety of young Chinese brands, you can also discover futuristic ideas. So there was already some tension in relation to Hengchi 1. What would the interior look like?
And we discovered traditional luxury
Evergrande CEO and main shareholder Xu Jiayin inspected Hengchi 1 in the ultra-luxury version, and obviously thought it was good. First pictures show luxury - in a surprisingly traditional setting. The interior is reminiscent of a large Jaguar or a Mercedes. If you fancy English or European premium vehicles, you might be able to make friends with Hengchi 1. Of course, in our opinion it is one serving too much of everything, but one should be cautious about judgment.
This is about China and a variant for this market. And there is too much of everything just enough.
Three monitors form the dashboard, two more are available to passengers in the rear. The control as a three-way or five-way screen should be patented and a world first, which offers users a special driving or multimedia experience. Of course, Hengchi 1 is fully networked with dual 5G via Baidu and the Tencent Cloud.
The seats are lavishly covered with fine leather, 18-way electrically adjustable and equipped with a massage function. An ultra-vision glass dome arches over the heads of the passengers, which presumably holds a number of gadgets ready for use. Among other things, a high-end audio system from British production ensures well-being on board. It could be from Bowers & Wilkins.
Luxury in the D segment
You won't find anything exciting or visionary in the interior of Hengchi 1. Instead, you get a dish made from tradition and high-tech, which in a defused and perfected form would also be suitable for Europe or North America. That is surprising. A certain external elegance cannot be denied to the vehicle, with all the disadvantages this entails. Because the headroom in the rear seats does not seem to be too generous.
For the D segment, which also includes an Opel Insignia or a Saab 9-5 NG, Hengchi 1 offers many luxurious options. Before mass production, you will still have to work on the processing and the fits. There is plenty of room for perfection and some details do not yet fit into the envisaged luxury class.