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This Is The New Hongqi H5 Sedan For China

Published on May 25, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi H5

Hongqi has released official images of the production version of the new Hongqi H5 sedan. The H5 debuted on last month’s Shanghai Auto Show and will hit the Chinese car market soon. It comes with an impressive and very shiny grille, and the red flag ornament stands proudly on the bonnet.

Hongqi H5

The Hongqi H5 is based on the Mazda 6 Atenza that is made in China by FAW-Mazda. FAW, or First Auto Works, is also the owner of the Hongqi brand. Hongqi added a new front, a new rear, a slightly different interior, and new badges; and a new car was born.

Initially there will be only one engine available; the good old FAW 1.8 turbo with 178hp and 250nm. Later on a 2.0 turbo and a V6 will be added to the lineup. Price for the 1.8 turbo will start at 188.900 yuan.

The Hongqi H5 will be positioned below the Hongqi L7. There is some overlap with the Besturn B90, which is based on the previous generation Mazda 6. Besturn is another brand owned by FAW.

Hongqi H5

The China-made Mazda 6 Atenza.

Hongqi H5: 4935/1840/1470, and wheelbase is 2870.
Mazda 6 Atenza: 4870/1840/1450, and wheelbase is 2830.

Hongqi H5

Spoiler integrated in the boot lid. Hongqi badge between the lights. Exhaust pipes are completely hidden.

Hongqi H5

The dashboard is FAW designed and has no similarities to the Mazda. The traditional Golden Sunflower badge in the middle of the wheel. Hongqi has been using this badge on steering wheels and wheels since the late 1950’s. The touch screen stands atop the center stack.

Hongqi H5

Old fashioned analogue dials with a TFT screen in between.

Hongqi H5

Graphics are great but the screen has an odd shape; it is wide but not high enough, leaving little space for, for example, the map of the navigation system.

Hongqi H5

Controls for the airco look techy. T-shaped gear levers are fast becoming a new trend in China. Start button on the left, open-the-trunk button on the right.

Hongqi H5

Just like in the Mazda there isn’t much space for the heads; that’s the price you pay for a coupe-like shape. Seats are very flat too. This isn’t really a car to be chauffeured in, but it isn’t really a driver’s car either.

Hongqi H5

The new Hongqi H5 sedan from China.

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  1. Rudy- May 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi Tycho

    Great site, read it daily.

    I don’t agree. It’s very clear that a lot of design work has been put into this vehicle. Looks like all panels have been changed? Including the wing mirrors!

    Great design, seems nice and modern, current.

    Great job Hongqi!

  2. Stan- May 26, 2017 Reply

    Rudy,

    I agree. Look at the C pillar, The HongQi has a window, whereas the Mazda has a black plastic triangle. Also, there is a strong crease running through the door handles, onto the shoulders of the trunk on the HongQi. In my opinion the HongQi is the better looking car.

    1. czk- June 1, 2017 Reply

      *FAKE window

      1. Stan- June 3, 2017 Reply

        You are correct, noticed the fake window later after my post.
        But back to the original point, look at the angle on the rear door/window of the C pillar. It’s completely opposite to that of the Mazda 6. Sheet metal is very different. Usually when they “copy” a car, the doors stay the same. Clearly the HongQi is significantly different from the Mazda 6, in my opinion.

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