JAC Eagle S5 SUV debuts at the Guangzhou Auto Show
Published on November 23, 2012 by Joey Wang
This is the production version of the new JAC Eagle S5, a fine looking Hyundai-inspired medium sized SUV that will be launched on the Chinese car market early next year. The JAC Eagle S5, formerly known as the JAC SII, is the successor of the JAC Rein which is based on the first-gen Hyundai Santa Fe, the Rein however might continue for a few years more as a budget model.
Price will range from 100.000 to 150.000 yuan. The cheapest Rein costs 80.000 yuan. New news on the engines: the 2.0 turbo we heard about earlier is gone, replaced by a powerful 163hp/235nm 1.5 turbo, mated to a six-speed manual. JAC is finalizing work on a new 1.8 turbo that will be mated to a six-speed manual or a DCT. Both engines will be available from launch, no specs on the 1.8 turbo yet. Drivetrain: 4×2 or 4×4. The Eagle S5 will compete with fine cars such as the Great Wall Haval H6, the Geely GLEagle GX7 and the BYD S6.
Design has a lot of Hyundai Tucson in it but as far as we know JAC and Hyundai didn’t make any deal on the Tucson, so this could be a true ‘Chinese copy’. JAC did get the first-gen Sante Fe legally from Hyundai under a license agreement, but the cooperation didn’t go any further than that.
We are pleasantly surprised by this neat interior. It loox luxurious, even, dare we say, a bit British, especially the cushy leather seats. Gear lever big ‘n string, not such a flimsy affair as in many other China-made vehicles. Let’s hope the rest of the car is just as good!