Chinese premium crossover Hongqi HS7 received a 338-hp engineNovember 16, 2018
Owned concern FAW premium brand Hongqi introduced the crossover HS7. On the home market, the novelty will be released next year.
The public premiere of the Hongqi HS7 serial off-road vehicle was held at the Guangzhou Auto Show, which opened on November 16th. The appearance of the model is made based on the show-car Hongqi S-Concept, debuted back in 2016. Commodity SUV received a huge grille and LED optics.
The manufacturer did not open the interior of the novelty – the doors of the car presented at the exhibition were locked. However, the Chinese photo spies managed to tackle the HS7 on the street and look into the salon: the cross was equipped with a virtual dashboard and a multimedia system with a large touch screen, the seats and door panels are upholstered in rhombus stitching, and the front panel has an insert, possibly from natural wood. It is expected that the crossover will be offered in the seven-seater.
Concern FAW, owning the brand Hongqi, stingy on technical details. According to unofficial data, the HS7 is built on the same platform as the Hongqi H7 sedan. Sedan, in turn, is based on the rear-wheel-drive platform of the old Toyota Crown with a front double-lever suspension and a rear multi-link (FAW has a joint venture with Toyota in China). Information about the dimensions of the SUV is not. The length of the H7 sedan is 5095 mm, the wheelbase is 2970 mm.
Local media report that the HS7 has a 338 hp gasoline turbo engine installed under the hood. (445 Nm) self-developed FAW (factory index CA6GV30TD). The motor is combined with eight-speed automatic transmission Aisin. The crossover will be available with all-wheel drive. Later, the model can also get a hybrid installation, but there is no information about it.
In China, sales of the HS7 will start next year, the price will be higher than that of the H7 sedan. The latest model today costs from 258,800 yuan. However, HS7, obviously, will be more accessible than one of its main competitors: BMW X5 is tipped for rivals to the crossover, which in the China will cost at least 729,900 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 market 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. Also in 2019, the E-HS3 electric SUV should enter the market, and then Hongqi plans to present a U-Concept design crossover – this SUV is already being tested. Hongqi is not sold outside China. 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.