On December 18, Dongfeng officially launched the 2022 facelifted ForThing M7 model at an event in Guangzhou. The new car is positioned as a medium-sized MPV. A total of 5 new models were introduced, priced at RMB 146,900 to RMB 249,900 ($23,060 – $39,230) .
ForThing is a brand under Dongfeng Liuzhou, a division of Dongfeng Motor. The Chinese name is Fengxing (东风风行). They are located in Liuzhou, a small city 500km from Guangzhou. A small city in China means 2.1 million inhabitants. They were famous for manufacturing boring MPV and boring SUVs. They broke the curse of boring SUVs by launching pretty cool and racy-looking SUVs ForThing T5 EVO.
A few months ago, they unveiled a smaller MPV called ForThing M4, and it is everything but not boring. As my colleague Tycho says, so pretty it almost hurts. Now let’s have a look at its bigger brother M7.
Compared with the 2019 model, the facelifted 2022 Dongfeng Forthing M7 has mainly upgraded the power system, including a honeycomb power 2.0T engine and ZF 8AT gearbox. It continues the main design style of the old model. The most obvious change is the replacement of the new Lion logo.
In terms of body size, the new car’s length, width, and height have reached 5170/1920/1930mm, respectively, and the wheelbase is 3198mm.
The new car still uses a huge air intake grille. Inside the grille are three banner-type chrome-plated trim strips closely integrated with the headlights on both sides. The use of LED door welcome projection lights and LED streamer welcome pedals and the use of imitation marble and color-blocking carpets increase the sense of luxury and business.
The interior of the car adopts a double color matching design and is wrapped with many soft materials. The rear seats are upgraded to a private aviation cockpit, with ventilation and heating, electric leg rests, electric backrests, and 180-degree equalization functions.
In addition, the car is equipped with 7-inch LCD instrumentation and an 11.8-inch touch LCD screen.
In terms of power, the new car is equipped with a 2.0T turbocharged engine with a maximum horsepower of 224 horsepower and a peak torque of 385 N·m. The transmission system is matched with an 8AT variable box. The overall fuel consumption given is 9.8L.
Isn’t that a Turbo-Diesel engine ?
Hi Pier, thank you for the question. Actually these are all petrol engines. Many Chinese companies use this confusing TD naming. We believe it stands for Turbo Direct injection.