Hawtai to launch B35 SUV at years end

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Hawtai B35

Hawtai slipped a major surprise into the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year when they showed off their new sedan range and also their new Porsche Cayenne inspired SUV, the B35.

The B35 may have the Cayenne’s looks but it is actually riding on the last generation of Hyundai Sante-Fe platform that Hawtai purchased from its previous JV partner, Hyundai.

At the time of launch both diesel and gasoline engines will be available as will automatic and manual gearboxes, although the recent bad news regarding diesel shortages in China might kill off early interest in the diesel model. The B35 will come with a wheelbase of 2620mm, making it slightly longer than the Sante-Fe, and will also ride on 20inch wheels – an usual rubber choice for a Chinese car in a market where smaller wheels are preferred for their economy improving ability. SAIC’s 1.8T engine will be available, but Hawtai’s 2.0T and 2.8T diesel engines will be available for use in early 2011.

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  • CCT
    November 15, 2010

    Had a look over this car in the middle of summer when one was parked outside Hawtai HQ in Beijing – it is surprisingly good, and really quite handsome.

    Hawtai might have a chance to pull back in the SUV market now that Greatwall seem to have gone off on a strange road with their various Hover spin-offs.

  • dragin
    November 16, 2010

    How about that grille work? Looks mighty vulnerable to any off-roading. Guess unlike Great Wall’s tough SUVs, it must be for the tea garden crowd.
    Surely the grille guard accessorizers are ready and waiting.

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