Human Horizons, a trailblazer in the automotive industry, has officially unveiled the HiPhi Y electric crossover in China, priced at a competitive ¥339,000 ($47,265). This affordably-priced EV is poised to launch in Europe next year, promising to increase the brand’s footprint across the globe.
The HiPhi Y comes with two battery pack options: a 76.6-kilowatt-hour pack and a 115-kilowatt-hour pack. Although the official China Light-duty Test Cycle (CLTC) range for these options is stated to be between 347 and 503 miles, in reality, it is expected to average between 250 and 370 miles, considering CLTC tends to overestimate.
Performance-wise, the HiPhi Y does not disappoint. The dual-motor model boasts an impressive 497 horsepower and is capable of going from 0-60 mph in approximately 4.5 seconds. The rear-wheel-drive model, on the other hand, offers a solid 331 horsepower, although acceleration stats have yet to be released.
The HiPhi Y carries a bit more bulk compared to the medium-sized SUVs in its segment, including the Tesla Model Y. It would be interesting to witness Tesla’s response to HiPhi’s choice of the ‘Y’ designation for its model.
Inside, the HiPhi Y encapsulates a blend of technology and comfort. The cabin showcases a 17-inch OLED center display, a 15-inch HD passenger touch screen, and a 12.3-inch full LCD instrument cluster equipped with navigation and control features. To boost the vehicle’s premium appeal, a Meridian sound system, a camera integrated into the rear-view mirror, and a heads-up display are included. Additionally, the gullwing-style rear doors, capable of opening both conventionally and upwards, are unique design elements that may stir some debate.
The company’s HiPhi X SUV and Z sedan are scheduled for their European debut this fall at a higher price point compared to the HiPhi Y, the entry-level model. Due to its affordability, the HiPhi Y is likely to attract a broader customer base when it opens for orders in Europe later this year.
Four variants of the HiPhi Y, each with different drive configurations and equipment levels, are offered in China. The base models are priced at 339,000 and 369,000 yuan, respectively, and feature a 76.6 kWh battery and a 247-kW electric motor. The premium HiPhi Y variant, priced at 449,000 yuan ($55,630), sports an all-wheel-drive system powered by a 124-kW front engine. Details about the charging capacity of the HiPhi Y, however, have not been disclosed by the company.
The batteries are procured from CATL and FinDreams, BYD’s battery unit, although the exact manufacturer of each battery type remains undisclosed. The inclusion of LiDAR sensors in some models augments the HiPhi Y’s autonomous driving capabilities.
Contrary to initial projections of a starting price at 400,000 yuan, the actual price of the HiPhi Y has come as a pleasant surprise to prospective buyers. According to the CN EV Post, the pricing strategy of the HiPhi Y was significantly influenced by the recently updated Nio ES6.
Initial units of the HiPhi Y are already making their way into stores across China, with growing anticipation surrounding the model. With an international shipping date to Europe set for 2024, the HiPhi Y could significantly enhance Human Horizons’ global reach.
Pre-orders for the higher-priced HiPhi X and Z models have been active since June, but German pricing details are yet to be revealed. As the HiPhi Y gears up to carve its niche in the fiercely competitive EV sector, it’s essential to keep tabs on its sales performance, customer satisfaction, and technical reliability.