These are the very first pictures of the final production version of the new Chang’an Raeton sedan, it will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the first quarter of this year to compete with the cheaper variants of fine cars such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Magotan.
The Raeton, Rui Cheng in Chinese, debuted at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Power for the Raeton comes from a 1.8 turbo that poops out 174hp and 240nm or a 2.0 with 152hp and 192nm. The 1.8 turbo is mated to a six-speed tiptronic transmission, the 2.0 to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. Size: 4920/1825/1500, wheelbase is 2800.
A large center console but strangely no large touch screen. Even 30.000 yuan Chery’s come with a giant screen these days. Typical Chinese mix of chrome and wood, but it all loox well put together and the materials seem good enough.
Design sure has some elements in it from other cars but is overall original. Dark color on this car not the best, lines come out better in lighter colors.
Grille in chrome but otherwise not too much of the shiny stuff.
Tad to boring at the back.
The new 1.8 turbo.
A big step into the sedan world for Chang’an. Nice looking front end.
But, this year in Beijing, I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to remove ice and snow from that odd looking cowl, to free up those windscreen wipers…..
Oh, and Happy New Year, Mr. De Feyter!
Elegant and tasteful inside and out. Great job.
Hope that build quality and driver experience lives up to the appearance.