The Chinese-made Hongqi H9 has finally been approved to go on sale in Japan, and suddenly prospective customers of favourites like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Toyota Crown find themselves a cheaper alternative.
Six variants of the H9 will be offered there, with their prices as below:
|2021 Hongqi H9 price in Japan
||Price in JPY
|Hongqi H9 3.0 G4
|Hongqi H9 3.0 SP
|Hongqi H9 2.0 SP
|Hongqi H9 2.0 R
|Hongqi H9 2.0 X
|Hongqi H9 2.0 Y
These prices mean that even the range-topping, four-seater (individual seats at the back, like the Lexus LM 350) 3.0 G4 variant costs less than the Mercedes-Benz S400 d there (prices start at JPY 12,930,000).
Size-wise, here's how it measures against the S-Class:
|Hongqi H9 vs S-Class
The hot sellers are touted to be the 3.0 G4, 2.0 SP, and 2.0R variants. The cheapest of the lot - the 2.0 X and 2.0 Y - lack most of the creature comforts and styling cues of the higher-end variants. Sources say that the first models imported to Japan are the 2.0-litre ones, while variants with the 3.0-litre engine will be making their way there in June.
Regardless of variant however, buyers will be granted a certain air of exclusivity as "less than 100 units" will be imported into Japan annually.
To say that the H9 is a crowd favourite undermines things somewhat. The model has been on sale in China since August 2020, and there's a waiting list of up to one year for the flagship luxury sedan.
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