When it comes to stately sedans, the vehicles that often come to mind are that of European descent. There’s the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Bentley Flying Spur, and these are just some of the few models out there. Even Japan has its own such as the Lexus LS and the Toyota Century. Well, it seems one Chinese brand wants in on that market – Hongqi.
Hongqi gave us a look into the future of their big sedans with the L-Concept. There’s not a lot of detailed information about the model at the moment. But one thing’s for certain, it is a striking-looking sedan. It features a fastback profile with suicide-style doors and two-tone paint. It has a distinct front end featuring a large grille and unique LED clusters for the headlights. The lower half of the bumper is illuminated by LED as well.
At the rear, the white roof features a diamond-pattern cover instead of a traditional rear window. The LED taillight helps emphasize the car’s width, giving it a very stately appearance. Other noteworthy features are the multi-spoke wheels and the lack of door handles and side mirrors. The latter two likely indicates that the car is still early in the development stage.
Inside, L-Concept features a unique layout. For starters, there’s no steering wheel, indicating some form of an autonomous driving system. It also uses a three-seat layout with a single seat at the front and two seats at the back, giving more legroom at the rear. But aside from those, the most interesting interior feature would be the chandelier hanging between the rear seats. It joins the cabin’s countless LED lights to create various moods.
According to various sources from Chinese auto outlets, the L-Concept will enter production by 2023. Hopefully, Hongqi decides to retain the exterior design of the concept. Because as it is, it’s one very stately-looking sedan, at par with the European counterparts. If not, we’re hoping they keep the chandelier at least.