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Changan has released the first official photos of the Eado DT, essentially a refreshed version of the Yuexiang V7. The model underwent an overhaul in both its exterior and interior, and an all-new front to align it with Changan’s newest design language. The model is positioned to be the entry model of the Eado family, and we estimate that the lowest spec model will probably have a starting price tag of around ￥50,000 yuan. Up front, the expressive grill, albeit with a tinge of Lexus and Crown in it, is a good embodiment of Changan’s newest aesthetics. Details such as the lanky headlight also shows similarities with its bigger brothers Eado and Raeton CC, rounding up Changan’s sedan line-up with a solid finishing touch.
Changan CC raeton 2018 Fast look
New Spy Shots of the Changhe Q7, a mid-sized SUV for China with a big shiny grille, black pillars, and a think roof. The Changhe Q7, not to be confused with the Audi Q7, will debut on Friday on the Guangzhou Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in December. Changhe Auto is a subsidiary of Beijing Auto (BAIC). Changhe’s new cars are aimed at buyers in second and third tier cities. They are largely based on exiting Beijing Auto platforms but with some unique design features, and they are cheaper than Beijing Auto’s offerings. The Changhe Q6 is based on the Beijng Auto BJ20. The Q7 comes with a giant 12 inch touch screen, much bigger than the screen inside the BJ20. Buttons under the screen look very hip. The instrument panel seems fully digital. Power comes from a 1.5 turbo with 150 hp, mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. Price for all this pretty will start around 90,000 yuan or $13,580. Proper roof rails, chrome strips above and under the windows, pretty lights, black wheel arches, and an invisible exhaust pipe.
The new Beijing Auto Senova OFFspace D70 concept car has been unveiled on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, looking surprisingly modest for a concept car because it is very close to production. The OFFspace D70 previews the successor of the Senova D70 sedan, which is largely based the the first-generation Saab 9-5. The OFFspace sure does away with any visual reminders of the Saab heritage, looking sleek and sporty with a short front overhang and a strong shoulder line. It is however not yet sure whether the platform will be new as well. Perhaps not, as it is reported that the new D70 will use exactly the same engines as the current car; 1.8 turbo, 2.0 turbo, and 2.3 turbo. The latter two are oldies of Saab. Beijing Auto didn’t release any information about the power train of the concept. The interior is a vast improvement over the current car, a light color scheme with lots of leather and light wood. Basic design seems ready for production but some details are unlikely to survive, most notable the ultra cool control panel on the tunnel. That is properly beautiful. The top part shows the weather in Beijing as being very cold with -2 degrees and snow. Happily, it is 18 degrees Celsius and sunny today in the capital. In Shanghai, where the car is, is temperature just reached 22 degrees on an cloudy day. The car’s weather report is thus completely wrong but it comes with a nice image of the Temple of Heaven, a famous Beijing landmark. The image will change in other cities. They should have put up something Shanghai for the Shanghai Auto Show… It is the second time that Senova is using the somewhat off OFFspace name for a concept car. The first one was the 2016 ‘OFFspace‘ which previewed a new design language for SUVs and we do see its lines coming back on the latest Senova SUVs today. The new Beijing Auto Senova D70. The production version is expected to debut on next year’s Beijing Auto Show in April 2018.
This little red cracker is the brand new Changan Eado XT, a stylish hatchback for the China, fitted with a giant shiny grille and LED lights. The new Eado XT is the successor of the old Eado XT, which was quite a good looker too, but this one is even better. Price of the new Eado XT will start around 72,000 yuan and end around 97,000 yuan. Engines: 125 hp 1.6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, and a 170 hp 1.5 turbo mated to a 7-speed DCT. Size: 4505/1820/1490, and wheelbase is 2700. Hatchbacks aren’t very popular anymore in crossover-crazy China but the Eado XT has been something of an exception; recording good sales in almost every month since it was born.
The Changan Raeton CC is a sporty sedan with a confusing name. It is not really a ‘CC’ sedan coupe, and it is not at all based on the Raeton, which is a much bigger and more expensive car. The Raeton CC is in fact and instead the successor of the long-running Changan Eado sedan.
The Raeton CC comes with a big flashy grille, sharply cut headlights, big mirrors, and small wheels. It will be launched on the Chinese car market later this month. Price will range from 80.000 to 100.000 yuan. There will be two engines available: a 1.5 with about 120 hp and a 1.5 turbo with 154 hp.
It is great to see Chinese design is slowly becoming a bit more daring. It is less great to see that this daring-ness usually doesn’t extend beyond the grille.