New spy shots from the Landwind E31 SUV. The E31 (code name) is a new ‘city SUV’ that will likely debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. Landwind is a brand-name from Jiangling Motor Corporation. JMC is very good in making cheap SUV’s and pickup trucks for the countryside, the E31 however has to bring the Landwind brand within city walls.
At launch there will be only one engine available; a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0 ‘4G63’ four-cylinder with 160hp. Landwind is working on its own new 1.5 turbo that will joint the line in 2013.
Chinese media reports that this new engine will be mated to a 8-speed automated manual transmission (earlier reports said a 8-speed automatic). That would be very high-tech for Landwind indeed so I doubt this a bit. The 2.0 will get a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. Price for the E31 expected to start around 120.000 yuan.