The very first spy shots of the facelifted Shanghuan Noble in China. The facelift included a new grille and new bumpers. The facelifted Shuanghuan Noble will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year.
The Shuanghuan Noble is famous for looking a tad too much like the Smart. Shuanghuan always denied so, saying the Noble seats four and has the engine up front. Many Chinese first-car buyers didn’t care what it looked like and bought it because it is cheap and kinda funky.
By now the Shuanghuan Noble is almost cult and definitely cool. But more cool is always better. A company from the great city of Quanzhou in Fujian Province developed a fatass body kit for the Noble, with a completely new front bumper that will kill every Smart within a 10 mile range.
A great combination of vehicles, seen in the Sanlitun embassy district in central Beijing by reader Ali Khalili, thank you for the picture! Across the street a real Smart ForTwo, in front a Shuanghuan Noble. Oh no now I mix them up, it’s the other way around. Shuanghuan always said the Noble wasn’t a copy of the Smart because it had the engine up front. Indeed…
Parked near my house in Beijing. One would think a boring Benz ML but it is much better; it is a fake boring Benz ML, there is a Huanghai Qisheng SUV underneath. Conversion well done, but actually it wasn’t so much work as might appear.
Seen in a street near mine, Shuanghuan’s smart-clone Noble with a hook, but what to pull with max 33.5kw? Maybe another Noble, or a Smart. It wasn’t a funny-fake-thing either, I kicked it and it didn’t fell off, likely attached to the chassis. Maybe the owner has a small boat, or children.
Shuanghuan showed an electric Noble in Beijing. It is yet a concept but one spokesman told me it would be on the market before the end of the year. The Noble is a copy of the Smart and actually really crap, but for only 30.000 yuan one can’t complain too much. The electric Noble will likely be a bit more expensive but with the green-power subsidy from the Chinese government it might end up being even cheaper than the standard car.
2010 is the Year of the Tiger in China so Smart-copycat Shuanghuan came with a Noble special-tiger-edition, roofracks included. It’s not a concept or a funcar for the show, customers can really buy it. Shuanghuan always sais the Noble isn’t a copy because the engine is in front. That is their opinion. The Noble-Tiger is powered by a 1.1 litre four cilinder with 33.5kw and 72nm. Growl! It costs 50.700 rmb. The skinny girl is from Russia, I asked, she needs to eat more butter.
Shuanghuan became world famous when it copied the Smart. “But our engine is in the front!”, so Shuanghuan said. Indeed, it is not the same. Chinese police likes the little not copied car to check on civilians in crowded areas and neighbourhouds with small streets and many alleys.
Last Saturday I went to the ‘10th China International Auto Accesoires Commercial Expo (CIAACE 2010)’ in the Agricultural Exhibition Center here in Beijing. This expo was mostly about boring stuff such as floor mats but there was a tuning exhibition outside. I didn’t get inside. Here one second, a Shuanghuan Noble, aka ‘Chinese Smart copy’ Spiderman-Toyota.