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Brilliance is a Chinese brand that most of you have never heard of, but it exists, and the company even has a partnership with BMW on the former’s domestic market. Together with BMW, Brilliance owns half of BMW Brilliance, which is a joint venture that manufactures, distributes, and sells products of the German brand in China. The Asian corporation also owns a minibus company named Jinbei, which operates on its domestic market. You might think that Brilliance is a small player, but it had the capacity to built 800,000 cars in 2010, and it has since invested in expanding its capabilities. Back in 2007, Brilliance launched a model in Europe, the BS6, which was followed by the BS4. The first of them was crash-tested by Germany’s ADAC, which only gave it a star out of five for its performance. While Landwind was the first Chinese brand that attempted to sell vehicles in Europe and failed, Brilliance Auto got the unwanted change of being second. With the help of BMW, the employees at Brilliance might have a shot at developing models that could attain decent results in European crashworthiness tests, which is an important step that must be undertaken to guarantee a chance of success on the Old Continent. According to reports, the Brilliance V7 is set to become the brand’s most expensive model ever offered. With that in mind, along with BMW’s collaboration with this company, there is a chance that the Chinese might consider selling it in Europe. The latter hypothesis could explain why Brilliance bothers with testing its prototype in winter conditions in Europe, and this could be one of the reasons why they are undergoing these efforts. A look at the spyshots reveals a conventionally-designed SUV, with familiar shapes, but without any blatant copying of Western brands. It features a front grille that reminds us of an older off-roader from Mitsubishi, but with a twist in the form of a triangle-shaped element. Meanwhile, its front and rear lights do not resemble anything else on the European market.
The Changan CS75 is a compact crossover produced by Changan Automobile. It debuted on the 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show and was launched on the Chinese auto market in 2014. Pricing for the CS75 ranges from 108,800 yuan to 143,800 yuan slotting above the similarly sized Changan CS55 and the mid-size Changan CS95. The CS75 will also be available in Europe as well, as an important part of Changan’s product line in Europe that will also include the Changan Eado sedan and CS35 subcompact crossover. Pricing of the CS75 in Europe will start around 20,000 Euro.
The 2018 Buick Envision enters the new model year without any significant changes. The Envision is positioned right in the middle of Buick’s crossover lineup, above the entry-level Encore but below the larger and more expensive Enclave. 2018 Envision 1SV: The base Envision comes standard with an 8.0-inch center touchscreen with Buick Infotainment System that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch driver’s display, dual-zone climate control, QuietTuning with active noise cancellation, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports, eight-way powered and heated cloth and leatherette front seats, rear one-touch flat-folding seats, a hands-free power liftgate, express up and down windows (all), rearview camera, rear parking sensors, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and automatic headlights. 2018 Envision Preferred: Unlike the base model that does not offer any additional options or packages and is only available in Summit White, the Preferred trim offers the same standard features as the base model and five additional packages, many optional features, and a selection of exterior colors to choose from. 2018 Envision Essence: The Essence trim is the next step up and adds leather-appointed seating, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist with blind-spot monitoring, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, and chrome roof rails. 2018 Envision Premium: The Premium trim kicks up the power and luxury with the upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, 19-inch Manoogian Silver wheels, HiPer Strut front suspension, an 8.0-inch driver’s display screen, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, front and rear parking sensors, Safety Seat Alert, dual exhaust with bright tips, and automatic windshield wipers. 2018 Envision Premium II: The range-topping trim comes standard with a head-up display, a navigation system, heated and cooled front seats, Automatic Parking Assist (self-parking system), and articulating HID headlights. For additional safety opt for the Driver Confidence package that consists of forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a surround vision camera system. The 2018 Buick Encore comes standard with a 2.5-liter I-4 that produces 197 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque and delivers an EPA-rated 22/29 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 21/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. The available 252-hp, 260 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 (standard in the Premium model) is only available with all-wheel drive and comes with a rating of 20/26 mpg. A six-speed automatic backs both engines. In Motor Trend testing, the 2017 Buick Envision T AWD (turbo) hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 120 feet, both respectable numbers for the segment. The 2017 Buick Envision received top honors from both the NHTSA and IIHS. The Envision received the highest possible overall rating of five stars from the NHTSA and is considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ for receiving the highest score of Good in all five crash tests and the second highest score of Advanced for the front crash prevention test. The Advanced score was earned because the crossover properly warned the driver of a possible collision, avoided a 12 mph collision and reduced the speed of a 25 mph collision by 9 mph thanks to the front automatic braking feature found in the Driver Confidence package. That package also includes adaptive cruise control with full-range speed and a surround vision camera system. The Top Safety Pick+ rating was also issued because the Envision received the second highest score of Acceptable for the headlights evaluation. Other available driver assist safety features include forward collision alert, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and lane change alert. A rearview camera is standard and the Safety Seat Alert is standard on the Premium trims.
This Zotye Domy X7 was spotted in the wild by sharp-eyed Imgur user memostothefuture. We’re guessing, like us, his first thought was, “Is that a VW Atlas?” But it’s not. Instead, it’s a very good-looking Chinese knockoff, and dammit if it doesn’t present better than the official new seven-seater from Volkswagen. The front end of the X7 uses a darker grille than the VW, and the chrome bars sort of wrap around the headlights, which is a good look. The intakes are cooler, too. Where VW has standard-looking fog lights integrated into the bumper, the Domy has LED bars, and the chin spoiler looks better. The rear is very similar as well, but the Domy affixes reflectors and hides the tailpipes. Both have L-shaped taillights, but the VW’s are obscured by the chrome trim. If you have time, check out Zotye’s website, but double-check your virus protection first. Zotye has cars like the T600 with “outstanding look, extraordinary interior and surging power.” The Z300, on the other hand, has “grand appearance, big space and efficient power.” Translations are funny. At any rate, it looks like unfortunately named Chinese brand Trumpchi will head to our shores first. But surely that Zotye Domy X7 would look right at home on Route 66 -- or a mall parking lot in Los Angeles.
This is the new 2018 Geely Emgrand GSe, a full electric variant of the Emgrand GS crossover. The Engrand GSe will be launched on the Chinese market on June 9 for about 110.000 yuan after subsidies. The GSe gets a new front bumper and grille, but looks otherwise exactly the same as the GS. Power comes from an electric motor with 160 hp, which is impressive for the segment. Geely claims that the battery pack weighs 380 kilo, with an energy density of 120wh/kg. Range is 353 kilometers. Range with a constant speed of 60 km/h is 460 kilometers. The 60 km/h thing is an unofficial, and seemingly meaningless, standard used by many Chinese automakers. The interior gets a trendy drive selector dial instead of a gear lever, but is otherwise unchanged compared to the GS. New equipment includes an anti PM2.5 air purifier, wireless charging, and an updated voice control system with the catchy name of Ni Hao. The new Geely Emgrand GSe electric crossover from China.
The new Brilliance-Shineray X7 MPV has been launched on the Chinese car market, looking rather good with a large grille, usable roof rails, sporty alloys, and racy red brakes. Price starts at 85.900 yuan and ends at 106.900 yuan. The X7 is positioned for some serious battle, right amidst the ultra hot mini MPV segment.
Names combining letters and numbers are not protected in China, so we now got five X-sevens on the market! The others are the Hanteng X7, the Lifan Maiwai X7, the Landwind X7, and the upcoming Zotye Damai X7.
Brilliance-Shineray is a joint venture between Brilliance Automotive and Shineray Motorcycle Company, one of China’s largest motorbike makers. They make a range of minivans and mini MPVs under the Jinbei brand, which is owned by Brilliance.
SWM is a new sub-brand. It comes from the Italian motorbike maker SWM Motorcycles, which was bought by Shineray in 2014. That’s why the X7 has an Italian flag on the front fender.
SWM stands for Sironi Vergani-Vimercate Milano (SV-VM -- SVVM --- SWM), the names of the founders of SWM combined, with the two Vs combined to a W.
Sineray changed the meaning to Speedy Working Motors after they bought the company. But, surprise surprise, it has a new meaning again; it now means Start, Win More.
The interior looks very good for the segment. Materials and quality are impressive. Color scheme a tad too dark in this car, but we bet you can get something lighter too. Eye catcher is the giant 12 inch touch screen that controls everything except the air conditioning.