Chinese media outlet Cailian Press reported on Thursday that Hengchi 5, the first mass production model of Evergrande Auto, successfully rolled off the production line on Thursday, 12 days ahead of schedule. Evergrande held a low-key rollout event at its Tianjin plant today, the report said, adding that the company will hold a formal rollout ceremony in early January.
Earlier, on November 9, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a preliminary list of vehicle models that will be allowed to be sold. The Hengchi 5 LX was listed at the time, containing the model numbers HDE6470BEVA1F and HDE6470BEVA0F. However, both models disappeared from the final list released by the MIIT on December 8 for reasons that remain unknown.
As the first model launched by Evergrande Auto, Hengchi 5 is positioned as a pure electric A-class SUV. The car measures 4.73 metres long, 1.93 metres wide and 1.68 metres high, with a wheelbase of 2.78 meters. Its price will be about 200,000 yuan, and its NEDC cruising range can exceed 700km.