Hongqi has introduced the all-new second-generation HS3, which is powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE), just when you thought ICE-powered cars were all but extinct in China. The second-gen HS3 was first displayed at the 2023 Auto Shanghai earlier this year and replaces the first-gen model which was there since 2018.
New Hongqi HS3 and 2023 Auto Shanghai
Hongqi is a premium sub-brand under FAW’s umbrella, the state-owned Chinese auto giant which used to sell passenger cars in Pakistan in collaboration with Al-Haj. The HS3 is an entry-level SUV in Hongqi’s lineup that measures 4,655/1,900/1,668mm with a wheelbase of 2,770mm.
The design includes a large front grille, headlights that are divided into boomerang shapes, and a distinctive vertically-placed chromic strip that extends halfway up the bonnet. Similar boomerang lights are connected in a full-width configuration at the back, synergizing with the latest breed of Hongqi automobiles.
Inside, there are two LCD screens: a 12.3-inch screen for the instrument panel and a 12.6-inch screen for the main controls. The all-black interior also features a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, vertically oriented air vents, a chunky gear lever, and a broad center armrest.
Hongqi HS3 comes in ICE and a mild-hybrid version. The drive train of the ICE variant is a 1.5L turbo that is paired with a 7-speed DMT gearbox. The mild-hybrid adds a 2.0L turbo with an 8AT setup. The maximum power is 185 kW for the top trim AWD version, the maximum speed is 220 km/h, and acceleration 0-100km/h is 6.9 seconds. The base trim level has a 124 kW motor, a top speed of 195 km/h, and an acceleration of 9.9 seconds.
According to the company the Hongqi HS3 is targeted at young folks of Generation Z. It is priced from 145,800 yuan for the base 1.5T FWD variant and goes as high as 195,800 for the top-spec 2.0T AWD version.
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