The Chang'an CS95 hides its bulk, although it is longer than a Range Rover
The CS95 will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 and an electric motor
Chongqing-based carmaker Chang'an has unveiled its gigantic CS95 SUV concept at the Frankfurt motor show.
At 5380mm in length, it's a full 381mm longer than a Range Rover, but sits 65mm lower. It has rear suicide doors and uses enormous 24-inch wheels at both ends, while the leather-rich interior seems to employ a rear-projection multimedia display along the bulk of the dashboard.
The concept uses a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 246bhp 3.5-litre petrol V6 and 167bhp electric motor channelling power through an eight-speed auto box. It previews a production model to top the manufacturer's line-up, complementing the smaller, 1.6 petrol-only CS35 SUV.
The production CS95 will be less luxurious and will be pitched against the likes of Toyota's Highlander SUV when it goes on sale in China, which remains Chang'an's main focus for the moment, though Russia and Brazil are short-term targets, too.
The longer-term plan is also to sell in Europe; the company's Raeton executive saloon and Eado XT four-door coupé are both Euro V-compliant, showing a willingness to cater for developed markets.
While the manufacturer has tie-ups with Ford, PSA, Suzuki and Mazda, its powertrains, (both petrol and hybrid) and transmissions are proprietary, and are developed with the help of an R&D centre in Nottingham. Styling input comes from a design studio in Turin.
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