Spy shots showing the new Dongfeng Fengshen AX7 SUV testing in China. The Dongfeng Fengshen AX7 debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show in April. The production version will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in September with a launch on the Chinese car market in Q4.
The Fengshen AX7 is based on the Nissan Qashqai that is made in China by the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture. Power comes from a Nissan 2.0 with 143hp and 189nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
Earlier on we heard about a new 1.6 turbo for the AX7, developed by Dongfeng based on a naturally aspirated Nissan 1.6. Interestingly, the latest reports in Chinese media no longer mention this engine but say the second engine for the AX7 will be a 2.3 liter four-cylinder, indicating the 1.6 turbo isn’t ready yet.
Large screen and huge air vents. Manual gearbox here. Materials look all right.