Spy Shots: Hongqi P504 SUV testing in China

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The very first spy shots showing the new Hongqi P504 SUV. Hongqi, or Red Flag, is a brand of First Auto Works (FAW). The P504 will debut as a concept on the April 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The production version will be launched on the Chinese car market in 2016.

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The P504 is an evolution of the ‘Hongqi SUV’ concept that debuted in 2009. In November 2012 First Auto Works confirmed it was working on a production version.

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The 2009 Hongqi SUV concept was based on the platform of the Toyota Landcruiser that is made in China by the FAW-Toyota joint venture, and it was long expected that the production version would be based on the Land Cruiser as well. The specs however indicate the P504 stands on a completely new platform with a new engine.


Size: 5198/2098/1890, wheelbase is 3060 (Land Cruiser: 5170/1970/1930, wheelbase 2850), and that makes it a bigger car than the giant Audi Q7! The engine is even more interesting. Power will come from a twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 engine with 381hp and 530nm, mated to a 8-speed tiptronic gearbox sending power to all four wheels. Top speed is claimed to be 220km/h and 0-100 is claimed to be gone in 8.1 seconds. Weight is 2850kg.

As far as we know FAW has never developed its own V8 engine, let alone a twin-turbocharged variant, so we are very curious where they got it from… It doesn’t seem to be a very high-tech machine as 381 horses isn’t that impressive for a twin-turbo. An old Audi unit, maybe?


Design loox very promising with straight lines and a boxy greenhouse. No softy round stuff for Hongqi!


Interior appears to be production-ready. Lots of leather and alu detailing. No wood.


Large touch screen in the center console. Stylish clock.


The rear bench with two comfortable captain seats.

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  1. I want! Would love to drive this over Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Crushing stupid liberals in style, it doesn’t get any better than that.

  2. Maybe it is based on the Audi Q7/Volkswagen group big SUV platform? After all FAW is connected to Audi through FAW-VW. 8 Speed Auto in an SUV very VW group, 4.0 TT V8 very VW albeit it seems to be tuned down a bit here. Sad it won’t be based on the LC200 though, that V8 diesel is da bomb!


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