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Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Published on February 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

These are the very first pictures of the interior of the production version of the Hongqi L7, and we are positively impressed. Beautifully crafted, top end materials and completely digital. Especially impressive is the center tunnel with a ‘floating’ layer of wood on top of it.

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

The Hongqi L7 debuted as a concept on the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, it is the short-wheelbase version of the massive Hongqi CA7600L (aka Hongqi L9) state limousine. The Hongqi L7 is China’s answer to Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Power comes from a 6.0 V12 with 400hp and 580nm. Size: 5555/2018/1748, wheelbase is 3435.

Wealthy Chinese car buyers will certainly be interested in a Chinese super sedan, but it seems unlikely to be able to compete directly, especially when it has only 400hp. Buyers will likely buy the L7 out of curiosity, to park it next to the Roller they already own. Still, the Hongqi L7 starts to look serious.

The Hongqi L7 will be launched on the Chinese auto market this year. A debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April seems unlikely, the car just isn’t finished yet. Hongqi will likely go for a private debut, away from the big shows.

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Miniscule gear lever. For internet millionaires, not for coal bosses from Shaanxi. Wood loox very well-crafted.

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Golden sunflower sits proudly on the steering wheel, just like in every big Hongqi since the brand was founded in 1958.

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Two spoke steering wheel harking back to old Hongqi’s as well. Great work.

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Huge C-style will protect the VIP from the prying eyes of the common populace.

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

Chrome is King and tail fins are very 2013. This L7 is going to make a splash, no matter how…

Via: iFeng.

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  1. Anon- February 2, 2013 Reply

    I really like the fact that Hongqi have looked back to their own history rather than producing something overly influenced by present-day German, Japanese and British products.

    I also like the fact that this somehow looks “Chinese”, that it isn’t afraid to be retro, the interior looks clean and elegant and some bits looks well crafted.

    However the steering wheel looks crude. I don’t mind the two spoke idea, but it just looks cheaply finished.

    The horizontal crome lines on the rear of the car are too OTT for me, not in keeping with the elegant interior and unnecessary.

    The wheel hubs look awful but are presumably not the production design.

    Overall though I like it and it will be good to see a proper Chinese take on the luxury car.

  2. George- May 7, 2014 Reply

    I like the overall look of it, now that it has already debuted, it look really impresive and has innovative looks. Anyway, I can’t stop noticing that the floating center console looks heavily based on that of the Bugatti Galibier, and I don’t think it´s actually wood. I can´t read chinese but on the website you can choose from various colors like blue, green or red. I think it might be some kind of plastic celluloid (very interesting touch if I might say).

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