Puts the real 7 Series to shame.
BMW's new design direction for some of its current models is controversial, to say the least. Models such as the X7 SUV, the 7 Series facelift, the new 4 Series, M4, and the recently-unveiled iX flagship electric SUV have been criticized for having massive kidney grilles that look completely out of place. And now it looks like BMW's giant grilles are inspiring car designers in China. This isn't the first time Chinese carmakers have borrowed styling cues from BMW, and it certainly won't be the last.
The Hongqi H9 luxury sedan recently went on sale in the People's Republic and it bears more than a passing resemblance to the BMW 7 Series.
Both cars were recently photographed side-by-side in a parking lot by Car News China allowing us to compare them. While the similarities are striking, the Hongqi H9's grille makes the BMW's look comparatively small. The grille on the 7 Series looks slightly wider, but the H9's is noticeably taller and has a prominent central chrome bar extending along the hood, giving the car a commanding presence.
Slim LED daytime running lights also run along the edge of the grille and connect to the matrix LED headlights. Ironically, the Chinese copycat car arguably looks better than the real thing.
As you'd expect for a Chinese luxury sedan, the cabin is appointed with premium leather, wood, and chrome materials and comes equipped with a large infotainment screen and a digital instrument cluster.
Whereas the BMW 7 Series is offered with the choice of a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, and a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 with the latter producing 601 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, China's H9 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 252 hp and 280.3 lb-ft. Alternatively, the luxury sedan is also available with a more powerful supercharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.