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Chinese Kruzak went “the wrong way”: first test drive of the Roewe RX8

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You subconsciously accustomed to the fact that “er x eight” – it’s something daring, streamlined, and rotary? So, you over the past year have never been to China there is a spring Roewe brand presented their vision of how should look like a car with a name RX8. And the lack of a hyphen in the name – not the biggest difference. This will not lie nor pictures, nor those who have already dubbed this the big guy “China kruzak”. And if so, let us understand what are the chances of this “Chinese” to compete with real Japanese sumoista.

Ekazuna the name Land Cruiser 200 is not young, but at its Doha (the sumo ring) to descent will not give to anyone. So you seriously believe that the Chinese novice will be able for once to push him outside the circle, of course, not worth it. However, we have to admit that it was worth wearing dressy mavasi: something the Roewe looks very promising.

Thick, but serious

In this classroom looks almost the half of success: at least no-one would buy a large SUV, if that will not scare his view of the car from the left row. In this respect, the RX8 is trying to strike a balance, not going into the pure “Asiatic”, but not trying being a European in your party. Simple lines, thick bands of chrome and the correct accents like arches of unpainted plastic and roof rails – the resulting cocktail is quite possible to apply in any country.

Roewe RX8 коричневый три четверти (2)

Under severe shell hides something and expect to see: ladder frame and solid rear axle. However, pneumocylinders, as the same Land Cruiser, there is no suspension spring. But on the other hand, thanks for not spring: indeed, the initial technical basis for the RX8 was the pickup. Here the story is simple, but long: brand Roewe, resting on the Chinese bought the British Rover company, owned by the SAIC group and he also belongs to the Maxus brand, which in the recent past left the truck first T60, and then the SUV D90. In fact, under D90 platform of a truck and tripped, simultaneously replacing the utilitarian springs for a more comfortable spring. Well, Roewe RX8 got same basis, deprived, however, 10 inches of wheelbase length.

Four-wheel drive here is not permanent: unlike the proverbial “two hundred” with the Torsen center differential, here is a multiplate clutch, which throws about 40% of torque to the front axle. But the key 4L that soon we will meet in the parlor, “fair” means not only forced the closure of the clutch, but the lower gear with a gear ratio of 2.48. On the off-road quality and diligently works differential from Eaton in the rear axle, which closes when the difference of wheel speeds in excess of 120 rpm. With this in mind the Arsenal of the maximum angle to overcome rise of the Roewe is 31.5 degrees — despite the fact that, for example, his countryman, Haval H9, this option is 24.5 degrees. However, those who are not interested in all this frodna offal, can save a few tens of kilograms and thousands of yuan: the basic drive in the RX8 – rear. And it hints at the more “premium city” positioning of the car.

Roewe RX8 салон шайба

Inherited Roewe counterparts from the power unit, these findings only confirmed. Of course, no diesel there is in Europe, it managed to fall out of love, while in China, never really disliked. However, a large displacement can not be here: the Chinese tax burden, as we remember, made to install in the seven-seater Chery Tiggo 8 1.5-litre engine. In the RX8 case a little better: its longitudinally mounted engine index 20L4E has a “full-fledged” 2 liters, the turbine and direct injection that outputs 224 HP and 360 Nm of torque. Which for a car weighing under two tons (about the exact figures the manufacturer tactfully silent)… conventionally enough. But paired with the engine works of classical hydromechanical automatic Aisin 6-speed at.

Tchotchke and chips

Sit in the salon and from the splendor of the fully diode optics turn to Shine “from Mercedes” silver keys. The interior is also made with an eye on the best known representatives of the class: simple architecture panel, a good mix of brown leather and light wood and huge screens on the main “work” places.

The dashboard, by the way, arranged pretty clever: cut along the chord analogue scale finish color display, occupied the space between them, and these e-arcs is the fuel level and coolant temperature. Display, by the way, larger than those of other media systems: 7 inches, and the graphics and resolution are quite good. But the main “TV” is located on the front panel: this 10.1-inch touchscreen, which derive the major part of the functionality of the car. Including, unfortunately, and climate. Physical keys below the screen perform the role of a main navigation menu, and then to understand you have your fingers on the display.

More good news is that part of the Assembly and tactile sensations the interior is consistent with its appearance. Keys don’t walk under your fingers, soft plastics with faux stitching side by side with “fake”, but elegant wood, and the feedback of a touchscreen I don’t get distracted while working with him. Perhaps the only thing that somewhat surprised me is the need to adjust the steering wheel in two planes manually, despite the fact that the composition of the test machines was clearly one of the richest. And the inscription “Health air” proudly stamped on the deflector of the air ionizer hidden in the Central armrest, raised a smile. Some subtleties of the translation of the “conceptual” hieroglyphic writing on ruthlessly-letter language remain for the Chinese people is invincible.

But to win many of the equipment they were under strength. In addition to the traditional “luxury” options like leather interior, electric panoramic roof, Roewe offers and it is a modern complex of active safety systems: adaptive cruise with the function of preventing frontal collisions, and retention in the band, and all-round visibility… Also, the back row has a heated and an outlet at 220 volts, the wheel is also “heated” and on the front panel, you can find pad for wireless charging of smartphones. Quite a, I must say!

Roewe RX8 подушки безопасности

Roewe RX8 подогрев сидений Roewe RX8 беспроводная зарядка

Go where you want it

Despite the fact that the time to get acquainted with the car in statics were not as many managed to do it – but to keep it where it expect to see, unfortunately not in our possession was only raceway and two short laps. Therefore, about 4L on the washer choice driving modes could not remember as well as disable the system stabilization. Switch to Sport and roll out wherever RX8 never in my life will not fall.

Roewe RX8 коричневый на треке (3)

Don’t want to repeat myself once again, but first impressions driving up to suspicious similar to “krusarovska”. The same Zadran fit (and back – again: thank you frame), the larger the wheel, the same vibration of a large hood at idle… pedal only enhances the similarities: diesel of Toyota leisurely and quite lean in thrust results in a straight line, and the local “molecularly” the petrol engine simply can’t provide outstanding performance. However, at the peak of the moment he goes for about 2.5 thousand revs, and can maintain a normal pace, giving the feeling that the car is clearly not enough. The sound of the engine at high speeds in the cabin is heard clearly, but not too Intrusive. Pleased with his collaboration with machine: power unit is felt as a whole, without kicks and failures on acceleration and braking.

Roewe RX8 коричневый сбоку на ходу

We reach the “snake” marked by cones and slowly tumble in the first turn. The wheel is, of course, not the shortest, but “bust” it in the transitions is not necessary, enough one interception. Pleased rolls: they are quite moderate and do not cause inconvenience, so that in fast corners the “limiter” are not they, but the demolition of the front axle.

However, the most interesting in the context of the RX8 wasn’t it – but how he will behave in a bad way. In the absence of a genuine off-road I had to cheat, spending the entire second round on the curb. And this, perhaps, was the main disappointment in Roewe. The vibration of the interior and not the most ideal ability to filter out traffic fines we noted at the Land Cruiser – but this dislike of a “comb” manifests itself even more. Vibrate the seats, especially the empty back, shaking in the steering wheel, and the interior is filled with a low-frequency rumble, punctuated by individual sounds. Hum, certainly not deafening – but for example, to talk without raising the voice, it will be uncomfortable. Perhaps a “basic” 18-inch wheels and 60 profile, the situation would be better, but our test car was shod in the top 20-inch Michelin dimension 255/50.

Roewe RX8 колесо

In General, the main thing in this car, apparently, is not a ground clearance of 202 mm, a claimed fording depth of 80 centimeters and a multi-plate clutch connecting the front and three rows of seats, heated seats and maximum cargo volume 2 178 liters when folded seats. According to the manufacturer, the fuel consumption even in four-wheel drive version does not exceed 10 liters per hundred, which, with the not very capacious tank for 70 liters of great interest in their veracity.

True, the path will be?

In Chinese the brand name Roewe is pronounced as “rongwei” in English the same phrase “wrong way” – that is, “the wrong way”, if not “passage denied” or “incorrect method”. To perceive it was a funny coincidence as “a sign” just not worth it: in 2018, the cars under the Roewe brand in the domestic market, has sold over 350,000 pieces. So it only remains to wait and find out when on the way to Russia for the RX8 will be the sign “passage allowed”.

Roewe RX8 коричневый на трассе

Much closer in this sense, is to look at the prices. In China the basic seven-seater, but the rear wheel drive RX8 is 168 800 yuan – that is, approximately 1.7 million rubles. The rich all-wheel drive version will cost Chinese buyer in 228 800 yuan – that is, 2.3 million rubles, although there are “intergalactic” equipment for 251 800 yuan. In Russia in the “frame seven-seater” League at a similar value play, for example, Toyota Fortuner and Haval H9 – but they are a bit smaller in size. The notorious Land Cruiser, with almost identical dimensions (wheelbase, for example, coincides with the millimeter precision – 2 850 mm), twice as expensive. So the question is how if fate, if Roewe RX8 in the Russian showrooms, remains quite interesting.


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In the Network appeared photos of testing the new model of the young brand. On sale the car should arrive in the next year.

Mark Lynk & Co was established in 2016, is a joint project of Geely and Volvo (a Swedish company, in turn owned by the Chinese). The firstborn was a SUV with the index 01, it debuted in late 2017, and decided to start immediately with the flagship – “unity” is the most expensive model Lynk & Co. In the past year, the lineup was supplemented Junior cross 02 and 03 sedan. All the current cars young brand based on a “truck” CMA, again developed by Geely and Volvo together (it also underlies, for example, the Volvo XC40). And in 2020 needs to introduce another SUV Lynk & Co, but now on older volvovsky platform SPA, which built the “Swedes” of the sixties and the nineties series, this SUV will obviously take away the title of flagship model from Lynk & Co 01.


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Walter de Silva will present in Geneva a new supercar Arcfox-7

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Supercar Arcfox-7 in its current form (pictured), according to the developers, develops 450 kW (611 HP, 1050 N•m), exchanged a hundred in 2.9 C and rests against the limiter at around 260 km/h. cruising range — more than 420 km. Prototype proved its viability, but not for sale.

Electric mobility brand Arcfoxcreated in 2016, the concern BAIC, at the March auto show in Geneva to formally present himself to the European public and tell about the model range. Be submitted at least two new electric cars. The first is the evolution of the sports prototype Arcfox-7. Over his next generation he worked Walter de Silva, former chief designer of Volkswagen. Second car is a crossover.

The teaser on the left we see only the shadow of the new supercar Arcfox-7. To the right is a piece of tail. Now they say “body” made of carbon fiber, dumped excess weight, and acceleration to 100 km/h lasts for 2.7 s. the price of the machine can reach 10 million yuan (of 97.8 million rubles).

The third model of the brand Arcfox clearly aimed at the mass market. Puffy profile devoid of the now familiar aggression. Apparently, this is a great family crossover SUV-minivan. While we know nothing about him, even an alleged name: Arcfox-3, or Arcfox-5.

Dvuhdverka previously considered the concept Arcfox-1, now named Lite and ready to go to the Chinese market this year. Length, width, height — 2986×1676×1492 mm, wheelbase — 1870. The electric motor produces 40 kW (54 HP, 120 N•m). The power reserve is only 150 km on the NEDC cycle.

In December 2018, BAIC announced the construction of “smart factory” in Beijing, which will belong exclusively to the brand Arcfox and release in the first phase 50 000 cars a year (later 120 000 pieces). According to rumors, there the Chinese will establish the Assembly of the supercar Arcfox-7, city car Lite, chetyrehdverki Arcfox-3 and crossway Arcfox-5. Recall that the symbol of the brand Arcfox — Fox (Arctic Fox).


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New SsangYong Korando was released on the Korean market

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Ssangyong korando. Внешность была анонсирована ещё три года назад концептом SIV-2 и почти в том же виде дошла до конвейера. Создатели говорят, что руководствовались трендом Low & Wide — делали Korando широким и приземистым. Примерные размеры: длина — 4440 мм, ширина — 1860, высота — 1640, база — 2675.

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The appearance was announced three years ago, the concept SIV-2 and almost in the same form reached the conveyor. The creators say they were guided by the trend of the Low & Wide — did Korando broad and squat. Approximate dimensions: length — 4440 mm, width — 1860; height — 1640, the base — 2675.

Today in South Korea opened taking orders for SsangYong Korando fourth generation (C300). Yes, the SUV is still not really shown, the description is sketchy, and the prices assigned. Equipment Shiny on the “mechanics” is worth 22 160 000 won (1.3 million rubles), two pedal drive option Delight is estimated at 25 000 230 (1.48 million), the top version of the Fantastic requests 27 930 000 (1,64 million). Cars will appear at dealers in March.

Decorated fancy, but somehow too Asian. Decorations in place an integrated exhaust pipes baffles. Behind the storage door — 551 liter volume by the VDA (486 l).

Officially named only one engine — the “newly designed” diesel 1.6 (according to rumors, 136), “first in class”. Petrol brethren will represent turboservice 1.5 (supposedly 163 HP) or 1.2. If gamma motor so new and important that later it will divide the family of Tivoli. Mild hybrid and fully electric version will come out eventually.

In the top configuration is Blaze Cockpit. Here digital tidy diagonal of 10.25 inches and nine-inch Central display. Around the perimeter of put led lighting. About the materials yet nothing is said.

Have a six-speed “mechanics” and “automatic” alternative is not visible. All-wheel drive is expected, but the rate on the front. Autopilot “2.5” relies on cameras and radar cruise control, and is called Deep Control. Higher level of safety is provided by seven airbags, the auto brake, the monitoring of dead zones, markings, and so on. Full premiere of Korando for foreign markets, in theory, will be the fifth March in Geneva. On the Russian expanses brand SsangYong is conserved, so the hope for new Actyon — the phantom.


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