This is the final production version of the all-new JAC Refine S2 compact SUV for China, and it has become quite a hip looking little thing. The JAC Refine S2 debuted in April on the Shanghai Auto Show and will be launched on the Chinese car market in August.
Roof rails are huge and definitely functional, matching in color with the chrome strip under the windows. S2 badge on C-pillar very funky. The alloys are funky too, with the brake calipers matching in color with the body. Beautiful.
The interior is really good for a Chinese SUV of this kind. Got to say it again: funky. Main color matching the body. Two-tone seats. Red stitching. And chromed door handles!
The Refine S2 is powered by a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 113hp and 146nm, mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. Price will start just under 50.000 yuan and end around 65.000. It will be positioned between the upcoming Refine S1 and the existing Refine S3.
The touch screen is nice too. Young Chinese car buyers really care for this kind of gadgets, something the Western automakers don’t seem to realize yet. Buyers of cheap cars want a touch screen too, and as a whole China-made infotainment system can be had for a a mere 5000 yuan, including the screen, why not give it to them..?
Roof spoiler is big, taillights are big, and the JAC logo is big too. But is the JAC S2 heading for a big sales success? The brand is still not very well known in China, and their dealer network is relatively small. Still, with this kind of cars JAC might be getting somewhere.