This is the new Changan BenBen, it debuted today at the 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show. The Changan BenBen will be launched on the China car market just before the end of this year, Price will range from 40.000 to 60.000 yuan. The new BenBen comes with a razor sharp design but the greatest surprise hides inside.
The extremely funky dashboard with a central speed pod, wing-like red cladding, airplane engine-like air vents, a large touch screen in the center console. Best thing however is the gear lever, which is missing, replaced by a very coolio…
… knob, with the Changan logo on top. First time we see this on a mini car, in the world. Brilliant work!
Power will come from a new 1.4 with 100hp and 136nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. A 1.2 with about 80hp will joint the line-up later. Size: 3730/1650/1530, wheelbase is 2410 and curb weight is 1020kg. Top speed is 156km/h and fuel consumption is 5.6 liter per 100km. The new BenBen is Changan’s answer to the new and already very successful Chery QQ.
She knows all about the engine. Just ask.
And she can close the bonnet.
Tycho, the interior is a clear copy of the Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic… What a shame for Changan, as the exterior is quite unique!
Exterior is great, not too sure about the interior (and BenBen is a lousy name)… Love the shifter dial though.