Hongqi’s HS7 SUV Probably Sports The World’s Largest Grille

What you’re looking at is the Hongqi HS7, one of the most intriguing SUVs to emerge from China.

The crossover has been created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Hongqi brand and was first previewed by a concept that’s shown in the video below at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

The image appears to have come from an official Hongqi brochure, and what strikes you about the HS7 immediately is its truly gargantuan front grille that features no less than 15 vertical slates all finished in chrome except for the central one which is painted red and complements a vertical red stripe on the hood. Completing the front end are chrome trimmings at the base, four small fog lamps on either side and small air intakes.

Spy shots snapped by Chinese media in the past reveal that the HS7 will arrive with luxurious leather trimmings, brushed aluminum accents and a multi-function steering wheel. Additionally, there will be a large central infotainment system and decent levels of leg and head room.

Underpinning the Hongqi HS7 should be the same platform as the H7 sedan. Grunt is tipped to be provided by both a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 204 hp and 260 Nm of torque and a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder producing 231 hp/300 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual transmission will be the only option.

  • salamOOn

    Hello, call me Bane!

    Grille aside, its looks pretty good.

  • Earl Scheib

    Pronounced “hong’key”… as in whitey! Those Chinese are sneaky. Ha ha!

    The design’s not bad though.

    • Randy Terpstra

      ‘Hong – chi’, as in ‘red flag’. Red flag is apt, given that the Toyota-based platform is well over 5-years old and that the Mazda derived 2.0L engine is even older than that.

  • designer_dick

    I’m just waiting on someone accusing them of somehow ripping off the BMW X7’s enormous kidney grille.

    • Jason Panamera

      They ripped off enormous BMW X7’s kidney grille.

      • designer_dick

        Thanks. I don’t have to wait any longer!

        • Jason Panamera

          You can sleep well now bro.

  • Jason Panamera

    I like that design.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    I think audi a7’s grill more wider than this suv

  • Bob White

    Why not have the entire front end become a massive protruding grill with the lights incorporated within? Looking at the trend, we shall see it soon. Amazing how these SUVs need massive cooling. Need to scare the crap and intimidate the vehicle in front of you.

  • Belthronding

    wow thay grille has a suv behind of it

    • Jason Panamera

      What a roast.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Hongqing!

  • TrevP

    This is how the Maybach SUV should have looked honestly.

    • Jason Panamera

      You may be right. But it still a concept.

  • It’s getting more hideous daily, I know that the grille were supposed to resemble a Chinese fan, but at this rate it would be air conditioner!

  • Larry Qualls

    Not hardly the largest grill! Ever heard of Lexus? How about Infiniti?

  • Fabián Montiel

    BMW designers are getting wet with this.

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