Zhongxing C3 Urban Ark hits the China car market

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The brand new Zhongxing C3 Urban Ark has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 57.800 yuan and ends at 58.800 yuan, and that makes the C3 Urban Ark one of the utmost cheapest SUV’s on the Chinese auto market.  Zhongxing however says the C3 Urban Ark is not an SUV but an AUV, an ‘Activity Utility Vehicle’.

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Steering wheel comes without any buttons. Round air vents in jeep-style. A-pillar seems huge from the inside.

Power comes from a Mitsubishi-sourced 1.5 liter gasoline engine, good for 104hp and 141nm, mated to a 5-speed manual sending power to the front wheels. Size: 4120/1761/1645mm wheelbase is 2500mm. The Zhongxing C3 Urban Ark will compete with fine vehicles such as the Great Wall Haval M4, the Jonway A380 and the Lifan X60.

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Sporty alloys very hip. Roof rails are a must.

The Urban Ark UAV debuted as a double-concept on the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and small-batch production started in May. Zhongxing is well-known for its cheap SUV’s and pickup trucks. The C3 Urban Ark marks the brand’s first foray into passenger cars. Based on name alone the Urban Ark must have chance…


Skid plate very off-roadish. Single exhaust pipe. Funny looking little thing, needs some more power!


No C3 badges anywhere, and the ‘Urban Ark’ name only in English.


Another skid plate up front. Mirrors are giants! Older Zhongxing Admiral SUV in the background.


The Mitsubishi 1.5. There seems to be enough space for a bigger engine, or at least for a turbo.

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