Chinese competitor BMW X5 on the Toyota platform: serial version disclosedNovember 6, 2018
The Hongqi serial SUV was photographed at the International Conference on the Internet, which is taking place this week in China. Pictures of the car published a local edition of Autohome. The crossover was called the HS7, it is the product of the Hongqi S-Concept show car, which debuted back in 2016.
The characteristics of the HS7 are still kept secret. According to preliminary data, the crossover is built on the same platform as the sedan Hongqi H7, the all-terrain vehicle will be offered in five- and seven-seater versions. The sedan, in turn, is based on the rear-wheel drive platform of the old Toyota Crown with the front two-link suspension and rear multi-link (the FAQ concern owning the Hongqi brand in China has a joint venture with Toyota). The length of the H7 is 5095 mm, the wheelbase is 2970 mm.
As reported by the Chinese profile media, SUV engines also got from the sedan: we are talking about gasoline turbo four 2.0 (204 hp, 260 Nm) and V6 3.0 (231 hp, 300 Nm). For the base Hongqi H7, the 1.8 turbo engine (188 hp, 260 Nm) is still provided, but it is not designed for the crossover. In the sedan, all engines are combined with a six-speed automatic transmission, there is no all-wheel drive for the sedan, but the Hongqi HS7 has a 4WD option. The crossover may also receive a hybrid installation, details of which are not given yet.
The HS7 is expected to enter the home market next year; the Chinese media calls the BMW X5 one of the main competitors of the novelty. German car in the Middle Kingdom will cost at least 729,900 yuan. Hongqi HS7, of course, will be much cheaper: the estimated starting price is from 280,000 yuan. For comparison, the Hongqi H7 platform sedan today costs from 258,800 yuan
Recall, under the Hongqi brand in China, since 1958, they have produced limousines for the party elite. Since the 90s, they began to produce cars for middle-level officials, and the H7 sedan became the first production model of Hongqi – it appeared in 2013. Not so long ago, two more models entered the free market: the L5 limousine and the H5 sedan built on the basis of the current Mazda6. The HS7 is the second crossover in the line of the brand; the first SUV was the electric E-HS3, it was introduced last summer.
Outside of China, Hongqi cars do not sell. However, earlier the FAW concern opened its own design center in Germany and lured away the chief designer of Rolls-Royce: it is possible that the Chinese are preparing to enter the European market.