Video: Celestial Are Good: The Most Stylish Cars From China
2023 Author: Natalie MacDonald | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 02:36
How cool it was to discuss Chinese design five or ten years ago! Anything new is a target for witticisms and barbs. Take aim - you will not miss. And now? It's 2020, eminent designers have seized on pencils and tablets, and in order to painfully prick a brand new Haval, Geely or Hongqi, you have to take a good aim. Moreover, some models are naturally tagged as the kings of the automobile ball. We will not discuss how big money and managerial talent are transforming car brands in the Middle Kingdom, but simply offer a look at the most interesting cars of this amazing country: from a gold-plated crossover to a carbon fiber hypercar.
For the first time in its 60-year history, the top Chinese auto brand has descended to the "regular" buyer and finally gave wealthy Asians the opportunity to buy an expensive local limousine or crossover. First, thanks. And secondly - take a look at how great the new items look!
We wrote about the fabulously expensive flagship model Hongqi L5, which flirted with the retrotem, but the HS7 crossover does not look back, but forward. There are no direct borrowings in the appearance of the five-meter novelty of 2019, and this is understandable: the design in the company is driven by Giles Taylor, who worked for Rolls-Royce and Jaguar. He knows how to portray something monumental and attractive, making you reach for your wallet.
The crossover has its own platform with a multi-link suspension on air bellows, a three-liter 337-strong "turbo six" of its own design and a distinctive interior with leather, wood and gilding. Fortunately, everything is very restrained and harmonious.
The conceptual cherry on the Hongqi cake looks much less restrained. The rear-wheel drive superhybrid, first shown in Frankfurt in 2019, has received production-ready status. This means that the monumental "member" L9 ceases to be both the most desirable and most expensive model of the brand.
A mid-engined coupe with an unlikely carbon body made by Englishman Giles Taylor is able to compete with the Bugatti Chiron. The four-liter "eight" located in the base is combined with an electric motor; the tandem develops 1400 horsepower and in just a couple of seconds throws the S9 from zero to “hundred”. The maximum speed is also hoo: 400 km / h are declared.
If in the world (and primarily in China) there are 70 connoisseurs of such beauty and power, they will collectively replenish the Hongqi treasury by 105 million dollars (about 8 billion rubles).
There are many non-Chinese names and geotags in the history of a Chinese startup. The advanced electric brand was founded by ex-employees of BMW and Nissan, guys from Continental and Tesla were involved in the work, the design was invented in Munich, the concept of "smart gadget on wheels" - in California, and software and electronic filling for M-Byte was collected from a dozen software companies. all over the world.
The result of the integrations was one of the most iconic "Tesla killers" on the market: cool, expensive and beautiful. At the same time, the novelty also knows how to ride: for the top version with electric all-wheel drive, a pair of motors with a total output of 408 "horses" was declared, and the most capacious of the batteries allows you to drive up to 550 kilometers on a single charge.
This summer, the startup was shaken by the pandemic disrupting business chains, after which the Byton bosses started talking about mass optimization. Be that as it may, such a cool project will hardly be forgotten.
Geely xing yue
Why cycle on one harmonious and stylish "SUV" Coolray? Indeed, in the Chinese range of Geely as many as nine crossovers, one more beautiful than the other! There is also a mid-size cross-coupe Xing Yue ("Star"), which looks more than worthy.
Yes, the Asians have mastered the technique of transforming an ordinary crossover into an “analogue” of the BMW X4. And it's not so important what exactly is taken as the source. However, let's give it credit: Qin Yu's body is definitely out.
The crossover shares a common platform with the Volvo XC40, but the design was the result of the work of the Shanghai Geely studio. The manufacturer is ready to add real dynamics to the visual dynamics: the two-liter top version of the Xing Yue S 350T with all-wheel drive develops 238 forces. By the way, the cross-coupe with this engine will be sold in Russia under the name Tugella.
While the luxury brand from Guangzhou is stepping into the Russian market with small steps, it has proved everything to everyone in its homeland. In addition to the lines of crossovers and minivans, there are also sedans in the GAC range. For example, the flagship Trumpchi GA8, which has been produced since 2015.
The five-meter model tries to seduce the buyer with an abundance of smooth lines, as if we are facing the Korean Genesis of the period of the youth of this brand. In the interior, on the contrary, everything is very adult: a lot of expensive leather and wooden panels, an abundance of servos, an impressive type of media complex and a spacious back row with folding chairs, curtains and a refrigerator box.
The two-liter turbo GA8 is not as large and powerful as one might expect, but 197 hp is enough for most business tasks. The drive is traditional for the GAC front, since the basis for the model range is the good old Fiat platform, known to us from the AlfRomeo 166.
Lynk & Co 01
The most recognizable Chinese car brand was created jointly by Geely and Volvo. European Andreas Nielsen began to steer the design of the young brand in 2016. He brought to life the concept of a "product out of the ordinary" - that is, a car that is as different as possible from the usual Chinese car and as far as possible from the classic car format.
As soon as the corporate "face" was ready, somewhat reminiscent of a mixture of Porsche Cayenne and KiSportage, the company decided to change the sales of its new products: to abandon its own dealer network, actively introduce leasing and car sharing, and also reduce the number of possible configurations to one. The wise approach was explained by the desire to hook a young audience, including those outside of China, who do not want to understand and choose. And it seems that kitsch and hype played a role: millennials noticed Lynk & Co.
In late summer, the brand visited the Old World, offering a subscription rental program. Considering Volvo's modular chassis, nearly 200-horsepower hybrid setup, and betting on off-beat design, this could be a win-win.