Hongqi HS5 2019 – a new Chinese premium crossover
The new Chinese crossover HS5 Hongqi (Red Banner HS5) from the Chinese brand Hongqi ("red flag") was officially released to the Chinese market on May 1, 2019. In the Hongqi HS5 2019-2020 review – news, photos, price, equipment and specifications, the new Chinese premium crossover is aimed at competing with the Bavarian BMW X3 SUV. The official premiere of the new premium Hongqi HS5 took place a little less than a month ago, in mid-April, 2019, at the Shanghai Motor Show. Now the model has reached car showrooms.
The price of a mid-size five-seater crossover HS5 Hongqi (Red Banner HS5), equipped with a powerful 224-horsepower 2.0 turbo gasoline engine with 6 automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive is 200-270 thousand yuan (1920-2592 thousand conventional units). For reference, the BMW X3 is available in China at a price of 389,800 yuan (about 3,742 thousand) for the basic version of the BMW X3 xDrive25i with a 184-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo engine paired with 8 automatic transmissions. Thus, there is a clear advantage in the cost of Chinese products against the background of German competitors.
I want to note right away that the new Chinese crossover Hongqi in the HS5 demonstrates a modern and stylish exterior design of the body, created with an eye on the concept of the Red Banner P-concept, which was shown at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. However, decor stylish image of the new Chinese premium crossover, drew inspiration not only from its own prototype, but the German company’s SUV. Part of the new red flag is similar to the Audi Q3 and the first generation of the new Audi Q5, the second generation BMW X3, and even the Mercedes-Benz GLC. In this fact, in fact, there is nothing wrong with copying, because we do not speak, and the use of modern automotive fashion trends is not prohibited by law.
- External dimensions of the body Hongqi HS5 2019-2020 long 4760 mm, width 1907 mm, height 1700 mm 2870 mm wheelbase.
- The crossover, depending on the trim level, is equipped with 18- or 20-inch wheels (alloy wheels of the appropriate size with tires 235/60 R18 and R20 for 245/55).
The front end of the new Chinese crossover premium index HS5 brand "red flag" looks solid and strict. In the presence of a hood with charismatic relief, complemented by a red crest, large, rich chrome-plated radiator grilles, compact LED headlights, a neat bumper with a narrow air intake with LED fog lamps blocks.
The side of the body of the Chinese New demonstrates an almost perfect silhouette: a long hood, majestic circular wheel arches, hinged panels with inflated surfaces (front and rear fenders, side doors), sports mirrors with legs, smoothly decreasing to the stern of the roof line, and ascending to the rear of the body sill line, great shape of the stern.
Rear Chinese SUV at the same time concise and elegant. In the Arsenal, there is a neat tailgate spoiler with large, stylish marker lights with LED filling, interconnected by a bar, a compact rear bumper decorated with chrome decor and exhaust tips.
The five-seat cabin of the new Hongqi HS5 crossover welcomes the driver and his passengers with comfortable seats, an enviable supply of space, as in the first and second rows, a huge range of modern equipment and additional options, and, of course, high-quality materials (genuine and artificial leather, nappa leather, artificial velor, alcantara, carbon).
The gap in the front of the new Chinese crossover is very similar to the interiors of the new Mercedes-Benz with their proprietary MBUX interface, a pair of widescreen color screens under a single glass. It’s just that the Hongqi 12.3 HS5’s two-color display (virtual instrument cluster and multimedia screen) doesn’t look as stylish as the Mercedes showrooms, and even the touch-sensitive climate control unit is located at the bottom of the center console, which looks so overloaded.
Otherwise, the interior of the Chinese crossover demonstrates the true level of premium. The list of equipment includes a multi-function steering wheel, electrically adjustable steering column, 6 airbags, multi-function virtual instrument panel, advanced multimedia system with a 12.3-inch touch screen (vehicle life, navigation, rear view camera, panoramic view), sound system Bose, electrically adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seats (driver’s seat with three settings), heated and ventilated, heated rear seats, wireless smartphone charging pad, panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel rim, adaptive cruise control, power tailgate, automatic drive mode of the valet system and, of course, a full range of electronic security systems and assistants.
Specifications Hongqi HS5 2019-2020.
The new crossover is built on a modern platform with a fully independent front suspension (MacPherson) and rear (multi-link) suspension. The brakes of all wheels are disc, the steering is an electric drive with a multi-disc viscous clutch that connects the drive to the rear wheels.
From the start of sales, the HS5 Hongqi (HS5 red flag) will be offered to customers exclusively with a CA4GC20TD-32 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine (224 hp 320 Nm) paired with 6 automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive transmission. According to the manufacturer, a crossover with a curb weight of 1725-1795 kg can accelerate to a maximum speed of 210 mph.
Perhaps in the future, Chinese car enthusiasts will receive an electric version of the Hongqi e-HS5, similar to its first electric model, the Hongqi e-HS3.