Brilliance-Shineray is a joint venture between Brilliance Automotive and Shineray Motorcycle Company, one of China’s largest motorbike makers. They make a range of minivans and mini MPVs under the Jinbei brand, which is owned by Brilliance.
SWM is the new sub-brand name. It comes from the Italian motorbike maker SWM Motorcycles, which was bought by Shineray in 2014.
Shineray promptly changed the meaning of the SWM abbreviation. It used to mean Sironi Vergani-Vimercate Milano (SV-VM > SVVM > SWM), the names of the founders of SWM combined, with the two Vs combined to a W. However, it now means Speedy Working Motors. Catchy!
Lastly; X5 is the vehicle’s name. BMW might not like that SWM is nicking the X5 name, but but they won’t complain because Brilliance Automotive is also their precious partner in the Brilliance-BMW joint venture.
The Chinese name is 华晨鑫源斯威X5, Huachen Xinyuan Siwei X5. Huachen = Brilliance, Xinyuan = Shineray, and Siwei = SWM.
With thanks to Erik at ChineseCars.net!
Design is nice with a tad of sporty. Black wheel arches, chrome around the windows, large mirrors, and usable roof rails.
Power will come from a 137hp 1.8 liter four. Size: 4710/1855/1750, and wheelbase is 2750.
Confusingly, the badge only writes 华晨斯威, Huachen Siwei, omitting Xinyuan.
The interior looks nice for the money with a red over black color scheme, a flat bottomed steering wheel, and a large touch screen in the middle.
Three seats on the second row and two seats on the third row, but there won’t be much space left for the bags.
Wheels are far too small.