Since 1958, under the Hongqi brand (“Khuntsy”, translated as “Red Banner”), cars have been produced for the top Chinese leadership. But not so long ago, the FAW concern, which owns the brand, decided to slowly promote premium cars to the market. The first “bird” of the new line was the H7 sedan based on the Toyota Crown, and now the turn has come to the HS7 crossover.
The full-size Chinese SUV is positioned as a classmate of the Audi Q7 and BMW X5. Its dimensions are quite decent: a wheelbase of 3008 mm, a length of 5,035, a width of 1,989 and a height of 1,756. Rumors that the Hongqi SUV will also be based on the Toyota Crown did not materialize.
The large crossover Hongqi HS7 uses its own “bogie” with a front double wishbone and fully independent rear suspension with “round” air bellows and electric power steering. Own development and new engine. Under the hood of the car is a 3.0-liter V6 with a capacity of 337 hp, paired with an 8-speed automatic Aisin.
Acceleration to hundreds is 7.8 seconds, which is slightly slower than the 340-horsepower BMW X5, which does this exercise in 5.5 seconds. The all-wheel drive transmission on the HS7 has permanent rear-wheel drive with plug-in front-wheel drive, as well as eight operating modes (of which two are off-road).
The list of options for the model is not as impressive as that of European or Japanese competitors, but it is also impressive: there are three-zone climate control, and all-round cameras, and a Bose audio system with monitors for rear passengers. The list of driver assistants includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and an automatic braking system.
But in the salon Hongqi HS7 – imperial comfort. Three rows of seats, leather all around, wood veneer inserts, sections of the back sofa have their own heating and ventilation. There are no analog devices, there are three displays in front of the driver: a virtual instrument panel, a 10.0-inch media system monitor and a climate control touchscreen.
FAW has big claims for the premium segment, and so far they are doing well – sales of the Hongqi brand in the domestic market are only growing. After all, any Chinese would like to ride the local “members” at least a little bit. In addition, the price is quite reasonable – for HS7 they ask from 279,000 yuan (about 2.52 million rubles), while for X-5 in the Middle Kingdom they ask from 700,000 yuan (~ 6.34 million).