Dongfeng Combines Cadillac with Low Cost in New SUV

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Dongfeng’s own car making abilities have to be drawn into doubt with the introduction of this new SUV. The SUV hasn’t yet been named, but hopefully it wont be along the lines of SLX. Chinese automotive media are saying that it will be priced from 80,000-120,000RMB when it launches later this year via the Dongfeng Liao Qi subsidiary and will carry a 2.0L Nissan engine good for 144bhp and 198Nm of torque.

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Although the exterior is channeling Cadillac, the dashboard seem to be channeling the Kia Sorrento’s design theme although the rest of the car looks relatively low quality with cheap plastics permeating the entire car.

Just when you think the Chinese car industry is largely passed car clones, somebody pops up to surprise you one more time, although you wouldn’t expect it from a state owned manufacturer that has joint ventures with Kia, Honda, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen and Yulong. However, Dongfeng is a huge company with so many various subsidiaries from police vehicles, to desert crossing trucks to passenger vehicles, its often seems that the DF HQ doesn’t really know what’s happening until the media report on it.

About the author  ⁄ FrankF

Frank entered the automotive industry via his father's instructions. He grew up with cars around him, especially as his father was a major auto restorer, Frank's childhood was spent passing beers, tools and coffee to his father whilst he explained the ins and outs of engines. Frank now works in the Chinese car industry at a specific manufacturer.

3 Comments

  • Goodtidings2U
    May 30, 2012

    Looks like a cheap knock off of a Cadillac SRX alright. Now will it pass European NCAPS SAFETY test? Is it good on petrol? Does it offer a 1.6 diesel engine? Will it last more then 2 years? What is the warranty?

  • CarsAroundTheWorld
    May 30, 2012

    Jeez, This is a Chinese car, and a knockoff too, so lower your expectations.

  • Lamprime
    June 1, 2012

    LOL, expectations have already been lowered when I saw the pics.

    Looks like a 1st gen Kia Sorento with a Cadillac SRX grille, bumper and lights.

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