This Is New Dongfeng Fengguang ix5 Crossover For China, With Baidu Apollo

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Dongfeng Fengxing ix5

This is the new and surprisingly stylish Dongfeng Fengguang ix5, a crossover that will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q4. Price will start just above 100.000 yuan.

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The Fengguang ix5 will have its public debut on the Beijing Auto Show later this month. It will be the new flagship of the Fenguang range.

Engines: a 1.5 turbo with 150 hp and 220 Nm, or a 1.8 with 139 hp and 187 Nm. ‘Boxes: 5-speed manual or CVT.

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A very good looking interior with a large touch screen, a digital instrument panel, and a sporty flat bottomed steering wheel.

The ix5 gets a lot tech: it’s operating system is based on Baidu Apollo, an artificial intelligence suite originally developed only for autonomous cars.

In the ix5 however it appears to be more of a broad infotainment-safety-navigation-security system. Dongfeng claims the following capabilities: voice control for doors, windows, and sunroof. Face recognition for entering and starting the car. Various unspecified app-controlled remote control functions.  Lane-departure warning system. Forward collision warning system. Very impressive, especially for a 100,000 yuan car.

Design is a major departure from Fengguang’s usual boxy MPVs. But Fengguang is not alone. Almost every Chinese automaker is developing similar coupe-SUV-crossover vehicles, including Geely, Changan, and Borgward. And many of these cars will debut near-simultaneously at the Beijing Auto Show. The Chinese car market is getting more interesting, again.

Rear light unit is a beauty. Pipes neatly integrated in the bumper. Big spoiler above the window, with a trendy shark fin antenna on the roof.

Grille is a bit on the black side, where most competitors go for something more shiny. Even the Dongfeng badge is largely dark.

The Dongfeng Fengguang ix5, a very good looking car with a proper engine and exciting technology. This Fengguang might sell. Too bad it takes until Q4 before it hits the market.

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