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Chang’an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

Published on January 4, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

These are the very first pictures of the final production version of the new Chang’an Raeton sedan, it will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the first quarter of this year to compete with the cheaper variants of fine cars such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Magotan.

Chang'an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

The Raeton, Rui Cheng in Chinese, debuted at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Power for the Raeton comes from a 1.8 turbo that poops out 174hp and 240nm or a 2.0 with 152hp and 192nm. The 1.8 turbo is mated to a six-speed tiptronic transmission, the 2.0 to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. Size: 4920/1825/1500, wheelbase is 2800.

Chang'an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

A large center console but strangely no large touch screen. Even 30.000 yuan Chery’s come with a giant screen these days. Typical Chinese mix of chrome and wood, but it all loox well put together and the materials seem good enough.

Chang'an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

Design sure has some elements in it from other cars but is overall original. Dark color on this car not the best, lines come out better in lighter colors.

Chang'an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

Grille in chrome but otherwise not too much of the shiny stuff.

Chang'an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

Tad to boring at the back.

Chang'an Raeton is Ready for the Chinese car market

The new 1.8 turbo.

Via: Sohu.

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  1. dragin- January 4, 2013 Reply

    A big step into the sedan world for Chang’an. Nice looking front end.
    But, this year in Beijing, I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to remove ice and snow from that odd looking cowl, to free up those windscreen wipers…..

    Oh, and Happy New Year, Mr. De Feyter!

  2. Anon- January 5, 2013 Reply

    Elegant and tasteful inside and out. Great job.

    Hope that build quality and driver experience lives up to the appearance.

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