By Theodore Opara
CHANGAN Motors Nigeria, has unveiled one of its mid-size sport utility vehicles, the CS75, reaffirming the accomplishment of the brand, which was officially introduced three years ago, by Stallion Motors Nigeria. Riding on the heels of its compact SUV, the CS35, the Changan brand may have finally come to stay, having won the confidence of SUV enthusiasts in Nigeria.
Changan Motors Nigeria Head, Sales and Marketing, Vijay Sengar, who gave this hint at a media preview of the vehicle in Lagos said the company is delighted that the brand has validated the quality, aesthetics and sturdiness of Changan line of automobiles, barely three years after it was introduced in Nigeria.
He disclosed that the vehicle is assembled in Nigeria by Nigerians, and is competitively priced to dare segment leaders including B-segment SUVs – Hyundai Tucson, GAC GS4, Nissan Qashqai and the likes.
The Changan CS75 crossover demonstrates the aura of an imposing SUV with the trappings of opulence, set apart by ample room, comfort, smooth ride, useful kits and striking ambience.
Manufactured by Changan Automobile, one of China’s leading automobile manufacturers, with extensive investment in advanced research and innovative technologies, the Changan CS75 brings to bare the company’s 157-year experience in manufacturing.
The urban-styled and functionally imbued CS75, no doubt, stands head-to-shoulder with renowned marquees, wielding a characteristically front-end and chunky single-slat grille that assertively profiles the company’s name to effortlessly grab the attention of vehicle enthusiasts.
The rear end of this SUV similarly gets a distinguishing tailgate spoiler and a diffuser that exhibits a sporty character; incorporating Light Emitting Diodes (LED) taillights with brushed aluminum trim on the front and rear bumpers as well as agreeable chrome-plated elements and electroplated exterior trim pieces.
The Chinese auto makers are quick to say that their aspiration to become a global top-10 manufacturer within five years,” as they don’t seem to be leaving any stone unturned to accomplish this objective.
Powered by a 1.8 turbo charged engine matedto a 6-Speed automatic transmission the CS75 churns out 130 horse power and 230Nm of torque @ 220 rpm in estimated fuel efficiency of 8.1 litre per 100km.
Quite unlike Chinese engineered automobiles, the CS75 demonstrates unprecedented finesse in its well-built interior, using acoustics and padded materials on the door cards to numb road noise, while also ensuring the fit and finish is of a high standard.
This is in addition to the all wrapped in leather seats with nice stiches, a multifunctional leather steering wheel (that fits perfectly in the hand), which both add visual flair that makes the car very attractive and comfortable.