The Chinese premium brand Hongqi, under which the FAW concern has been producing limousines for the PRC party elite for more than half a century, has shown another novelty. The exterior of the full-size LS7 SUV has been declassified, which is close in size and positioning to the Russian Aurus Komendant. No exact specs have been released, but the impressive wheelbase and huge rear overhang hint that the Hongqi LS7 will be proportionate to the likes of the Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GLS!
According to unofficial data, the flagship Hongqi is a completely independent model: the frame architecture hints at a unique design, while the representative limousines of the Chinese brand have a monocoque body. In this LS7 is not like
But the engines of the Russian and Chinese flagships are similar: both automakers have relied on high-performance gasoline V8s with direct fuel injection and turbocharging. In the Celestial Empire, they were able to squeeze out of the G8 an unnamed volume as much as 659 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque! The presence of a hybrid component in the Hongqi LS7 has not yet been reported, although the Aurus have it, so the peak output of the Russian power plant reaches 660 horsepower and 880 Nm. The Chinese plan to equip national leader Xi Jinping’s new limousines with 660-horsepower engines, so electrification (for safety, not ecology) is not ruled out.
As for the appearance of the «seven», the former Rolls-Royce stylist Giles Taylor remained true to himself — all
There are no photos of the interior yet, but through the glass you can see that the salon is four-seater, VIPs will have separate tablets, and the digital dashboard will be hidden behind a visor, that is, one can expect architecture like