The new Dongfeng Fengshen L60 sedan has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 89.700 yuan and ends at 129.700 yuan ($14.436 – 20.874), making it one of the cheapest mid-size sedans on the market. The Fengshen L60 debuted as a concept on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
Exterior and interior are impressive for a local Chinese automaker, but this L60 is not entirely local…
It has been jointly developed by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture and Dongfeng Motor, the same sort of construction that is used for developing cars for sub-brands. Fengshen however is 100% owned by Dongfeng Motor, and not by the joint venture. The Fengshen L60 is based on the extended variant of the PSA PF2 platform, that also underpinned the previous generation Peugeot 408 sedan, which was made in China by Dongfeng-PSA (new 408 launched in August last year).
Lots of space here and bench will seat three.
Peugeot influences clearly visible from the side.
Buyers of the Fengshen L60 is can choose between two engines, both sourced from PSA: a 1.6 with 115hp and 150nm, or a 1.8 with 137hp and 172nm, both mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Dongfeng is also said to be working on a 1.4 turbo, but when it will launch in the L60 is yet unsure.
Large Dongfeng badge on the back. Sleek lines around the C-pillar but third-rear window is hiding under an ugly black plastic cover. Exhaust pipe invisible under the bumper. Five-spoke alloys on the sporty side.
A very subtle grille for a Chinese car.
The 1.8 four.
The new Dongfeng Fengshen L60.