A Replica of the Mazda 6 from a Chinese Limousine Manufacturer

China-based Hongqi has presented an updated version of the H5 sedan, which is based on the Mazda 6.

Up to this point, the car was delivered exclusively with a 1.8-liter 178-hp turbo engine. Now the model has a 1.5-liter 169-hp unit. The flagship engine, by the way, is also slightly modified, having a power output of 197 hp. With the introduction of a smaller engine in the line-up, Hongqi hopes to reduce the cost of the sedan by 10-12%.

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Hongqi’s both engines originate from the company’s corporate parent, FAW. In addition to this model, the sub-brand has been developing limousines for the Chinese communist party elite since 1958. The company launched mass production only in 2013. During next five years, the manufacturer intends to release 21 new models, which will help it six times to increase the number of sales in the Chinese market.

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Due to the upgrade, the car has received a digital dashboard, which will replace conventional gauges, and a large multimedia system. However, do not expect really cool features, like in the flagship H9. As for the transmission, the car is now equipped with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. However, the new engine may come with a 7-speed automatic one in the future.

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Currently, the standard variant with a 1.8-liter engine costs a little more than $20,000. The updated model is expected to cost around $18,300. For comparison, the same Mazda6, on which this H5 is built, sells from $24,800 in China.

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