Plug-in hybrid SUV Li Xiang One from China bargain with three engines
The Chinese Li Xiang One is a hybrid SUV with all-wheel drive, 700 km range, 326 hp and a wide display landscape in the futuristic cockpit – and all that at a bargain price. Relative.
Do you know it already? No, it’s not a flat joke, but a full-blown SUV from China. The Li Xiang One is there at the starting bid of about 48.000 euros at the dealer and for that you get a whole lot of car. Optionally, the more than five-meter-long car can be ordered as a six- or seven-seater. A third row of seats is always on board, a middle seat in the second row optional. But the really exciting thing here is the hybrid drive.
Power of three hearts
While the plug-in vehicles on the European market meander around a purely electric range of more or less 50 kilometers, the One manages 180 kilometers, according to NEDC measurements. This is due to the relatively large ternary lithium battery (40.5 kWh), which drives a again quite powerful permanent magnet synchronous machine (100 kW / 136 hp) on the front axle and an even more powerful one (140 kW / 190 hp) on the rear axle. The electric power is combined with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, which is on board as a range extender to recharge the battery.
This results not only in variable all-wheel drive, but also a system output of 326 hp and 530 Newton meters of maximum torque. Only 6.5 seconds is the 2.300-kilogram SUV from zero to one hundred. The maximum range is given as 700 kilometers, and the maximum speed is around 170 km/h. When the car is plugged into a fast charger, it sucks up up to 60 kW of energy. Goes from 20 to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. If you use AC with 7 kW, you have to wait six hours from zero to 100 percent.
In the cockpit, a conglomerate of four screens dominates the landscape. In addition to navigation and instruments, the screens also play movies, stream music and audio books, or serve to control the three climate zones. The infotainment system can be operated by voice control from all seats. By the way, the first two rows of seats are heated, and the nappa leather seats in the front can also be ventilated if required. The interior is available in three colors: white, black or tan. For the exterior, there is a choice of six paint colors from baby blue to gray metallic.The Li Xiang receives updates “over the air.
Active and passive safety
State-of-the-art assistance systems are the order of the day. Emergency brake assistant, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane change assistant, parking pilot, trailer assistant and 360-degree camera are installed in the One. The sensor system consists of various cameras, ultrasound and millimeter wave radar. In addition, there is a hill start and departure assistance. Passive safety is provided by a structure made of high-strength steel and aluminum, the battery is in a separate aluminum alloy and is flanked by protective beams. Because long distances could be covered with the hybrid SUV, the corresponding travel comfort is not waived either. Chassis, steering and throttle response are electronically controlled and can be set to sport or comfort mode.
As you can see, you get a lot of technology for a comparatively modest investment of less than 50 euros.000 euros. On top of that, Li Xiang is adding a five-year warranty, free 24-hour roadside assistance and 20 gigabytes of mobile data per month on the 4G network. In Germany, one is already with such a data package at around 50.000 euros in costs.
Clearly, the range extender concept no secret in the auto industry. In this country, however, this drive configuration is one of the exotics. The Li Xiang One is an interesting car with lots of features at a comparatively slim price of 48.000 euros. But unfortunately not for us in Germany.