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Spy Shots: Dongfeng Number 1 sedan is Naked in China

Published on September 1, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Dongfeng Number 1 sedan is Naked in China

Sensational Spy Shots showing the new Dongfeng Number 1 sedan all naked in China. The final production version of the Number 1 will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show later this week, and launch on the Chinese car market at year’s end.

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The Dongfeng Number 1 is a large sedan destined to compete with cars such as the Hongqi H7, the Roewe 950, and the upcoming JAC Refine A60.

It is based on the new PSA EMP2 platform that will also spawn a China-only Citroen C6 and Citroen DS9, the C6 is expected in 2016 and the DS9 in 2017. Dongfeng and PSA have the long-running Dongfeng-PSA joint venture that makes various Citroen and Peugeot branded cars for the Chinese market. Dongfeng Motir is furthermore one of the largest shareholders in PSA.

Size: 5066/1858/1470, and wheelbase is 2900.

The Number 1 will initially be available with only one engine: a 204hp 1.8 turbo. Later on a 2.0, and a 3.0 V6 will join the lineup. The 1.8 turbo is developed by Dongfeng, the 2.0 and 3.0 V6 are PSA engines.

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A very nice interior with shiploads of woods and leather. Wood on the lower part of the steering wheel maybe a bit too much. Center tunnel nicely done and screen for the infotainment system seems big enough. Seats are wide but flat.

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Very comfortable in the rear. In the cup holders two typical Chinese tea bottles.

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Looking very fine in white. Impressive grille with a large Dongfeng logo. Bumper with more chrome and trendy LED strips.

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Exhaust pipes neatly integrated in the bumper. Spoiler neatly integrated in the boot lid. Rear lights neatly connected with a fat chrome strip. This Number 1 is becoming a neat car…

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Shiny grille even more eye catching on a black car. Headlights very hip, square but modern, and not too large.

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Badge talk: on the left ‘DFM’, which stands for Dongfeng Motor Corporation. It is the first time we see such a badge on a Dongfeng car. On the right in handwriting-styled characters: 东风1号, which means Dongfeng Number 1.

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The photos of this gray car were made in front of the Dongfeng factory in Wuhan, Hubei Province.

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The same car on the move.

Large sedans of local Chinese brands have always been problematic, with buyers going for the Germans or the Japanese. The Dongfeng Number 1 however seems a genuinely interesting car with an original design, and the new 1.8 turbo appears to be a good engine to power it around. Good work.

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  1. David- September 2, 2015 Reply

    Very nice. I thought that I was looking at a vw for a split second, with a hint of Audi at the rear, but then I noticed that this car is in fact nicer and fancier than either of the German cars. I certainly would be happy to be seen in one of these.

  2. Mike- September 2, 2015 Reply

    The first picture looks like vw Phaeton, the rear reminds me of Honda Accord. The wood iterior looks little 80’s. Still looks like a nice car. But think it needs at least 300hp.

  3. dragn- September 5, 2015 Reply

    Another attempt at originality in grille design. It’s a pretty good try, in an area where it seems we are approaching the finite limit of combinations and permutations. I prefer it to Geely’s latest storm drain, or might we say, hot plate, design…..

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