Chinese luxury crossover with a turbo V6: half the price of BMW X5

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Chinese luxury crossover with a turbo V6: half the price of BMW X5

In China announced the price of the flagship SUV owned by a subsidiary of FAW Hongqi brand (“Hunza”, that is “red flag”). The main competitors of new items are considered premium “Germans”.

Under the Hongqi brand since 1958, produced limos for the Chinese party elite. With 90 years began to produce cars for the middle-level officials, and in 2013 in the range of the brand appeared the first “market” model – H7 sedan, created on the rear-drive platform, an old Toyota Crown. Then, the free market launched limo L5 and built on the basis of Mazda6 “cityradio” H5. The first crossover – electric E-HS3 – entered the Hongqi lineup in 2018, the same year the brand introduced a seven-seat SUV with serial index HS7. However, the model ahead of a mid-size HS5 – it was launched on market in spring, while taking orders for the flagship cross opened only today.

It was assumed that the HS7 shared a “truck” with the sedan H7 (that is, with the old Toyota Crown), but the crossover has its own platform. HS7 equal length 5035 mm, wheelbase – 3008 mm. Thus, the dimensions of “Chinese” is comparable to a premium “Germans”, of which I consider its main competitors: the local BMW X5 length is 4930 mm, the distance between the axes – 2975 mm, Audi Q7 – 5069 and 3001 mm, respectively.

Crossover Hongqi HS7 has received a fully led optics to model has air suspension, 19 – or 20-inch wheels. Inside, there are decorative inlays of wood, chairs upholstered in leather. “Tidy” – a virtual and touch-screen multimedia system is another touchscreen, which derive control climate control unit. Also for the flagship stated: heated and ventilated front seats and second row seats, heated steering wheel, heated seats, private plates for rear riders, three-zone climate control, avtoparkova, camera circular review, system of emergency braking, keeping in the lane, monitoring the blind spot and collision prevention, adaptive cruise control.

The engine HS7 single – turbocharged diesel V6 3.0 (located lengthwise) with a power of 337 HP (445 Nm). This motor – house development of FAW group, it is combined with eight-speed “automatic” Aisin. All-wheel drive transmission – in base (permanent rear-wheel drive and a coupling connecting the front wheels). For the model has eight modes of driving electronics. From standstill to 100 km/h HS7 accelerates in 7.8 seconds.

The preliminary price for the basic version of the flagship HS7 – 349 800 yuan, equivalent to about 50 900 dollars at the current exchange rate. Top crossover will cost 459 800 yuan (about 66 $ 900). For comparison, the base BMW X5 in China is twice as expensive – 759 900 yuan (about 110 $ 550). Audi Q7 more affordable, “Bavarian”, but still much more expensive HS7: from 683 800 yuan (about 99 $ 500). Final price list “Chinese” will publish later, but the prices will not differ greatly from named today.

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Outside of China premium brand FAW not yet available, but last year the company opened a design center in Germany, it is quite possible that the Chinese are preparing to enter the European market. In addition, FAW has poached the chief designer of Rolls-Royce. And they’re premiering sedan Hongqi H7 is a new generation, the appearance of which, by the way, in the style of the British luxury brand.

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