Spy Shots: production version of the Chang’an Raeton
Published on August 9, 2012 by Joey Wang
Spy shots from the production version of the Chang’an Raeton, it will be launched on the China auto market later this year. Price will range from 100.000 to 160.000 yuan. 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.
The Raeton is a big gamble for Chang’an because the brand is strongly associated with small cars and minivans. Response to the Raeton has however been very positive so Chang’an might have a winner in hand. The Raeton will also be exported, first to South America and possibly Russia and later to Europe as well. Cheap, big, and a lot of goodies. Now for that negative image of Chinese cars…
A decent engine cover, still a novelty for many Chinese auto makers. Loox good enough.
Buttons around gear lever a bit crappy, possibly a pre-production thing.
Screen on the small side for navigation systems. Is there anybody still using CD’s?