FAW plans to launch a full-electric SUV capable of Level 4 autonomous driving next year
China FAW Group plans to launch sales of a full-electric SUV capable of Level 4 "hands off" autonomous driving next year in China as part of its effort to build its Hongqi luxury brand.
FAW displayed an EV, called the E115, at the Frankfurt auto show alongside Hongqi's first sports car. The EV has a range topping 600 kilometers and can accelerate to 100 km per hour in four seconds, FAW said. The EV also has intelligent four-wheel drive, air suspension and seven driving modes.
It will be the second full-electric vehicle in Hongqi’s lineup. Hongqi was created in 1958 as a limousine brand for government agencies. In the late 1980s, the brand started to develop sedans for private buyers, but sales remained limited. In 2017, the Chinese government appointed Xu Liuping, former head of another major state-owned automaker (Changan Automobile) to lead FAW.
With Xu at the helm, FAW has launched two crossovers of which one is battery powered, and an SUV. Previously, the brand offered just a limousine, a full-size and a compact sedan.