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Overview of The New 2018 Changan Eado 1.6L Elite
A seven-seat family SUV that could be part of an export drive to the UK by Chinese company Changan, the CS95 is the bigger sister to the crossover-sized CS55. Technically, the CS95 and CS55 are related only by being made by the same company – they use different chassis platforms, despite being launched within 12 months of each other. Getting under the Changan CS95’s skin The roomy CS95 went on sale in China in late 2016, based on an all-new monocoque platform designed and developed in-house by a team featuring European engineering talent based at Changan’s engineering centres in Chongqing, central China. There’s a more direct British link – the all-new Blue Core 233bhp 2.0-litre turbo direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine that powers the CS95 was designed and developed in Birmingham at Changan’s UK engineering centre. And a styling studio in Italy’s car design capital, Turin, helped create the CS95’s wholesome, Land Rover-influenced styling. The transmission on our test car was a six-speed Aisin Warner automatic, driving all four wheels via the transversely mounted four-pot petrol. Suspension is front struts and a rear twist beam for front-drive variants and a multi-link rear for all-wheel drive – the latter built around BorgWarner components to shift drive rearwards via an in-line driveshaft. Steering is electrically assisted and a suite of electronic safety aids is either standard or on the options list. Automatic emergency braking, for example, is available as part of the intelligent cruise control package on the top-spec model being tested here – an indication that Chinese own-brand cars are catching up with the West. At 4.9 metres long and sitting on a 2.8m wheelbase, the CS95 is sized just about halfway between the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Discovery, but its price range is resolutely more affordable. In the home market, it starts from £20,780 – that’s Nissan Qashqai money – and the top-spec all-wheel-drive CS95 extends to just £28k, although UK pricing is a long way from being finalised. Chinese brands are also making progress in interior design quality in leaps and bounds. There are hard plastics and a few inelegant design details, but the overall ambience inside the CS95 is attractive. Highlights include a polished chrome trim, robust switchgear and a crystal-clear infotainment system, which can be displayed in English. It fits the bill as a comfy family hauler, with a well-planted cruise, good cabin refinement and a fair balance of body control and ride quality. At its best, the CS95 is a motorway hauler that moves its occupants in comfort and keeps noise levels supressed, bar wind noise from the side mirrors. A pair of hefty front and rear subframes no doubt help isolate noise paths from the front and rear suspension and, in China’s choking city traffic, the CS95 rides quietly. Changan’s engineers say they have tried hard to ensure braking and transmission refinement in stop/start traffic, and they have succeeded – the CS95 has easily modulated brakes, making smooth stops in traffic easy to achieve. On Changan’s own smoothly surfaced handling test track, the CS95 is also surprisingly agile and can be hustled through corners with reasonable speed, albeit accompanied by a fair degree of body roll, despite front and rear anti-roll bars. Changan’s British chassis engineers accept that cornering could be better-controlled by thicker anti-roll bars, but the deterioration in ride wouldn’t fit the CS95’s role as a comfortable family cruiser. China’s roads are very mixed in surface quality and frequently vary between undulations and potholes that demand rugged and compliant suspension. The British-designed 2.0-litre turbo delivers a smooth and cultured accelerative push, but the choice of gear ratios in the Aisin Warner six-speeder doesn’t match the engine as well as it could. We had no chance to measure fuel economy and official figures were not provided, but we were told a combined figure of 30mpg was typical. Acceleration off the line is strangely muted, the calibration seemingly holding back the power delivery until the speed moves through the 30mph mark. And the CS95 is a hefty lump to get up to speed, loading the scales to a two-tonne kerb weight. A Discovery Sport, for example, is featherweight in comparison, weighing around 200kg lighter. The chance may not come for a number of years yet, as Changan is eyeing up the UK market but won’t commit to a launch date. The company is most likely to wait until the next-generation model to further hone engineering and design to Western tastes. If a CS95 went on sale in the UK now, it would offer a competitive alternative to Korean and European rivals, albeit with its appeal focused on comfort and refinement rather than dynamic prowess.
Changan CS75 modelo 2016
Geely continues the expansion of its product lineup in the Chinese market with the launch of a new car: the Borui GE. According to Xincheping, it is a plug-in hybrid version of the Borui range and combines a three-cylinder 1.5-liter direct-injected petrol unit with an electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The internal combustion unit comes from Volvo, where it already powers the XC40 T3. Moreover, it will eventually be adopted by the Swedish company’s upcoming electrified models of the 40 series, and by the certain Lynk vehicles. No specs have been announced yet, as the new Geely Borui GE will make its official debut on April 9 before going on sale locally in mid-summer. However, the local media talks about a very impressive combined fuel consumption of just 1.5 l/100 km (156.8 US mpg / 188.3 UK mpg). On the outside, the PHEV carries the design of the modern Geely cars, including the rest of the Borui family, to which it adds a tweaked grille and lighting units. In the cabin, it gets a massive infotainment system, with a 12.2-inch touchscreen display that provides access to various functions. Other features include wireless charging for smartphones, ambient lighting and various LED decorations. Despite the generous screen added in the middle of the dashboard, Geely chose not to offer a digital instrument cluster, probably to keep costs down.
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The Chinese love Changan as much as the rest of the world loves chow mein it would appear, but why? What’s the appeal? Well, we got ourselves the new CS75 SUV to find out — and, fortunately for us, all it took was a quick call to arrange a test car. But spare a thought for those in China; this model is so popular that prospective owners have a three-month waiting list. Hmm, it must be half decent then...
It’s more than that; with ample room and comfort, a very smooth ride and some useful kit, this is a really good SUV. Our Elite top trim tester, with a sharp black paint job and matching wheels, had loads of presence about it too, with the headlights and their blue rings in particular catching a lot of attention. Yes, there’s a hint of Range Rover about that front end, but then again, this is a Chinese car — their designs are a little, er, inspired. But Changan has aspirations to be a global top-10 manufacturer within five years, and I wouldn’t put that past it. Remember the Koreans? We used to laugh at models hailing from there and never thought they’d make the big time. Well, we know how that turned out, and it’ll be a similar scenario with Chinese brands, too, if they’re as good as this CS75. That front end, with a chunky single-slat grille that carries the company name, is aggressively styled, the profile is nicely proportioned and the rear gets a tailgate spoiler, and even a diffuser. Functional or not, it gives this SUV a sporty character. It even has LED taillights, while the brushed aluminium trim on the front and rear bumpers and the chrome dual bonnet vents are nice touches.
Hop in and you are met with a lot of hard black plastic, though it doesn’t look particularly bad. Rap it with your knuckles and you know it’s built well — but there are some padded materials in there such as on the door cards, while the fit and finish is of a high standard. The seats are wrapped in leather and come with red stitching, which adds a little more visual flair, and they are very comfortable, while the small steering wheel fits perfectly in your hands. Front and rear visibility is excellent and since the B-pillars are quite thin, you don’t have any issues with seeing over your left or right shoulders. Headroom is exceptional and, overall, the sensation you get from the cabin is akin to a General Motors product. That’s supposed to be a compliment, but considering the effort Changan has put into the interior and when you throw in its global expansion plans, this comparison might come across as an insult. Bigger fish to fry? Maybe.
The dash has a modern design and in its middle resides a 7.0in infotainment system, which is intuitive and clear (but sadly, it doesn’t have sat-nav), while the gauge cluster has a TFT screen nestled between two analogue dials. The AC does an excellent job in cooling the large five-seat cabin within seconds, and it also has an electronic parking brake (with auto-hold function), an eight-speaker audio system (with USB and AUX), a multifunctional steering, sunroof, and front and rear sensors with a pretty sharp reversing camera.