Brilliance FRV Crossover

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Brilliance are doing some amazing things in China recently, their FRV for example had an order book of over 5000 cars per month at one point. Brilliance now have two new models in the works to boost their FRV line up, the first one of which is this fantastic Crossover:

brilliance cross1 Brilliance FRV Crossover

brilliance cross Brilliance FRV Crossover

The Brilliance FRV in standard form is a fantastic car, but the FRV Crossover is an amazing improvement. As for the engine, the FRV Crossover will be packing a 1.5l 1.6l Mitsubishi model, the same as the standard non crossover 1.6l.

The compact Crossover market was originally opened by the Suzuki SX4, but the quick additions of the VW Polo Cross, and Livina Crossover has seen the market segment explode with demand from consumers, and also a greater choice of cars especially from Chinese manufacturers.

The FRV Crossovers initial success may be short lived, both Chery and Geely both plan to launch crossovers this year, Chery will be launching the Faira Crossover and Geely will be bringing the Panda in crossover form to the table.

Edit: Its also come to light that Brilliance will be adding a 1.5l option to the line up as well as the 1.3l, and 1.6l offerings.

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  • joninchina
    January 5, 2009

    Hey Ash, you have me a bit confused…….the FRV crossover has a 1.5 engine? The regular FRV has a choice of 1.4 or 1.6 engines right now – is the 1.5 going to be a new engine just for the crossover? Regardless, the crossover IS a nice enhancement of a already beautiful car. The FRV is ABSOLUTELY one of the best bargains in China right now – beautiful, comfortable, well designed, gas friendly……and sales figures show that many chinese buyers agree with me!

  • Ash
    January 5, 2009

    Jon – it seems that the news at lunchtime differs from now. Brilliance will offer a 1.5l, as well as 1.3l and 1.6l engines.
    Did you get yourself a car down in Nanning yet?

  • joninchina
    January 6, 2009

    Interesting……almost seems like overkill to have THREE engine sizes so close together – and available in one model (four, if you count the 1.8 in the upcoming sports model). I suppose it follows the BMW concept – multiple engine sizes in the 3 and 5 series for example. As far as me and a car……if Brilliance would offer a 1.3 automatic for the FRV, the waiting would be over – that would be my car. Even though I prefer a small car (1.3l or under in engine size….you know, global warming and such) I might make an exception in this case and get the 1.6 automatic FRV!! I REALLY love this car, I’ve test driven it – it is truly a impressive automobile. Come on Brilliance – there ARE customers out there who prefer smaller, more gas friendly engines WITH the comfort of a automatic…..put a automatic in the 1.3 FRV and it will sell!!

  • mark
    January 6, 2009

    I think the reason Brilliance don’t is that they have problems with gearboxes. Is the 1.3 their own engine or of Mitsubishi stock? Anyway coupled to the kind of automatics available to Brilliance it would kill any remnants of performance.

  • Ash
    January 6, 2009

    All Mitsubishi models, there is an auto FRV in the works from what I hear.

  • NaBUru38
    January 7, 2009

    In South America we have similar small fake off-roaders: Citroën C3 X-TR, Fiat Palio Weekend Adventure, Ford Fiesta Trail, Peugeot 206 SW Escapade, Renault Sandero Stepway, Volkswagen CrossFox…

  • adolf
    January 14, 2009

    quisiera saber mas sobre los autos brillance para el peru,gracias

  • dina
    January 24, 2010

    i am going to buy this car so i’d like to know more about it. but really i like its amazing appearence so much but iam hesitated about some items like the stability of it and the most speed on the it a durable car or not?

  • Michael
    March 29, 2010


  • Matt
    March 29, 2010


  • juan sand
    June 15, 2010

    yo me compre un brilliance frv la verdad que es una nave esta muy bien, es rendidor y sobre todo la garantia de fabrica de gildemeister

  • Mat.
    August 6, 2010

    bought the FRV 1 year 1/2 ago and no pb so far…just a fog lamp that died…
    it’s not really gas hungry…the car is rather heavy, but you’ll end up using 7.0l/100km or even less if you drive on the highway…
    fast enough for 99.9% of Chinese roads!

    people in china drive like shit but they’re slow as hell, so you should survive any crash, as long as you drive downtown…

    as to security in general…let’s take two safe cars and consider the following question:
    what happens to a class A that collides into a Nissan Patrol? answer: squashed flat..and you with it!

    what happens to the passengers of ANY car that collides into one of those damn cement truck? answer: you’ve just turned into dead meat!

    so this is all bollocks…if you drive don’t crash…or else, don’t drive and take a taxi!

  • SAM
    September 12, 2010

    Better I buy myself a Hyunday i30 instead of this garbage of Chinese Brilliance

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