Dongfeng MX5 is another novelty from the Chinese manufacturer, which was presented as part of the auto exhibition in Beijing. The car is quite stylish, modern, and technologically advanced. The crossover will go on sale at home in late autumn 2016.
The appearance of the Chinese SUV is made in the corporate style of the manufacturer. It has a wide trapezoidal grille, decorated with massive brand logo. Headlamps have a constricted shape, as in most of the novelties of various automakers.
Front bumper is of original shape decorated with a large air intake, round fog lamps and LED daytime running lights.
Car silhouette has a sports an aerodynamic shape. At the back part it is decorated with lanterns of original shape. Even more aggressive and off-road look of Dongfeng MX5 attach plastic sills and bumpers, designed to protect car body from chipping and other damage.
Unfortunately, Visitors of Motor Show in Beijing could not see finishing of the interior of Dongfeng MX5, but we know that it copies the entire interior of the other model of the brand – Dongfeng AH7. The car has a fairly rich equipment. The multimedia device is equipped with a color touch screen with diagonal of 7 or 9 inches, and the control buttons on the steering wheel. All controls have ergonomically convenient location.
The whole interior of the crossover looks quite modern and expensive. The car has a spacious interior, the back row of seat can comfortably accommodated 3 adults of average build.
The car will be available to customers in four different modifications. The choice of two petrol power units will be available: 1.4 liter turbocharged and aspirated 2 liter (140 and 146 hp, respectively). The basic version of MX5 will have engine of 1.4 liter, 5-speed manual transmission, as well as the following list of equipment:
— multimedia system with 4 speakers and a 7-inch display;
— front airbags;
— wheels with radius of 17 inches;
— textile seat trim.
In the more expensive packages is available leather upholstery of seats and steering wheel, front and side airbags, 9-inch head unit screen, a rearview camera, engine start system with the button, electric and heated side mirrors, LED daytime running lights, sunroof, electronic handbrake.
At the heart of Dongfeng MX5 is the platform of the first generation of Nissan Qashqai. Fully independent suspension, front with McPherson racks, rear – multi-link. Front and rear brakes – disc with ABS, and other electronic systems. The car has a stabilization system, electric power steering, and other advanced driver assistance systems.
Engine of 1.4-liter is equipped with a manual transmission only. For a more powerful motor, there is also the option of 6-speed automatic transmission. No matter which of the two engine variants are installed on the car, there are only front-wheel drive versions of MX5.