The Brilliance V6 has been unveiled on the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The V6 is a new mid-size SUV that will be launched on the Chinese car market in December. It has become a very good looking car, likely the best looking Brilliance so far.
Brilliance has come up with a very catchy slogan for the V6: Leading the age of intelligence. It is also interesting to see that the company is using the Chinese name ‘Zhonghua’ in an English text, normally they would use the English name Brilliance.
The V6 seats five. It will soon be joined by the seven-seat V7.
Power comes from a 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 150 hp. Gear box: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a seven-speed DCT. Three ‘boxes for one engine. Well, why not..? Size: 4620/1922/1734, and wheelbase is 2725.
Brilliance says the V6 was developed with official support by BMW. This support stretched from development to design to production, with over 200 “Germans” working of the V6 and V7 projects. Brilliance and BMW also have the Brilliance-BMW joint venture together, building BMWs for the Chinese market.
Dash with a big Tesla-like touch screen, analogue dials with a 7 inch TFT in between, amd a sporty flat bottomed steering wheel. The infotainment system runs on a new operating system called BriAir, a name that seems more fittingly for something with air, like an air conditioner or air purifier.
Brilliance says the voice-recognition system of BriAir can recognize “20 Chinese dialects”. That would be impressive indeed, no kidding. There are hundreds of different dialects in China (not to mention different languages) and drivers are normally forced to speak ‘pure’ Mandarin to voice-activated systems. Brilliance it seems has found a way to let the locals speak local. More on that as we get it.
Brilliance introduced the BriAir operating system on a media event where they had a backdrop saying, in English, “Surpassing SIRI, more intelligent”. What is Apple going to do about that..?
The screen is a beauty, but…
… miss-matches with the antique analog dials.
Electronic parking brake.
Red seats in a red car, yummy. Big sun roof in the roof.
The grille is nice and shiny but the lower line of the grille is odd, is doesn’t directly connect with the bumper, leaving a small black space in between.
Lights are a tad on the large side for 2017. Bumper with nicely integrated exhaust pipes.
Load them barrels of beer!
A real beauty in red, grille much more visible than on silver car. All cars should be red.