The brand new Changfeng Liebao CS9 has been launched on the Chinese auto market, and it has become quite a fine and stylish looking little SUV, probably the best looking Liebao so far. Price starts at 76.800 yuan and ends at 116.800 yuan, positioning the CS9 straight amid the booming compact SUV segment.
Sporty profile with black wheel arches, black B/C/D pillars, proper roof rails and shiny five spoke alloys.
Power comes from a Mitsubishi sourced 1.5 with 122hp, mated to a five-speed manual or a CVT. A 150hp 1.5 turbo will be added to the lineup later. The CS9 is front-wheel drive only.
Size: 4315/1840/1650, and wheelbase is 2600.
A large spoiler above the window, and the lights are rather large as well. Bumper design a little busy with a gray mud guard covering the lower part.
The interior = the massive 12 inch touch screen. The largest in its segment at the moment, but there will be bigger ones soon without a doubt. Steering wheel looks outdated. We see that a lot with Chinese automakers, fancy interiors with an ugly old wheel, seemingly fitted as an afterthought. Wheels matter! It is what the driver sees all day a long!
The instrument panel is analogue with a small TFT between the dials.
The screen controls almost everything including the air conditioning. The system is equipped with voice control so there is no need to dirty the screen with your fingers.
Now that is a proper shiny knob. The ladies are going to love.
Big sun roof and a lot of red on the doors and bench.
The black grille looks a bit empty.
The Leopaard name between the lights.
Liebao means ‘leopard’, as in the speedy animal. Changfeng used to use that English name, but two years ago they suddenly changed to ‘Leopaard’, with a double ‘A’. They have been ridiculed for that even in the Chinese press but the name still stands.
Shiny bars in the bumpers are a new trend in China autoland, almost every new SUV has something similar.