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First Photos of the Hongqi LS5 SUV on the Road

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The very first photos of the all-new Hongqi LS5 SUV on the road, parked next to a Hongqi L5 sedan. The Hongqi LS5 debuted in March on the Shanghai Auto Show, and the vehicle of the photos is likely the show car, probably on the road for a photo shoot or such.

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A very boxy design with a mighty impressive grille, topped by the Hongqi ornament on the long black bonnet. The LS5 is the first SUV for the iconic Hongqi brand, owned by First Auto Works (FAW). Hongqi started tinkering about an SUV in 2009 and production was finally confirmed in 2012.

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The The Hongqi LS5, formerly known as the Hongqi P504, is a full-size full-luxury limousine SUV, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in early 2016. It is set to compete with cars such as the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It is a huge car: 5198/2098/1890, wheelbase is 3060, and that makes it bigger then the outgoing Audi Q7. Weight is a heavy 2850kg.

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Characters under the wiper write ‘Hongqi’, meaning ‘Red Flag’. Exhaust pipes on the small side.

Power comes from a brand new twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 engine of unknown origin. The engine develops 381hp and 530nm, and is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox sending power to all four wheels. Top speed is claimed to be 220 kilometer per hour and 0-100 will be gone in only 8.1 seconds.

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