New concept points the way for a range-topping luxury SUV to rival cars like the Porsche Cayenne
Richard Webber
10 September 2013

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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22 April 2013

Looks rather Volvo-esque. Unlike a Volvo, this would probably be rather unsafe in an accident.

5 May 2013

Am amazed at the progress of the evolution of Chinese car design and their manufacturing capability. In spite of being behind the world car market and still seen as premature, in only a few short years they have made huge technical jumps which have made them almost level with established makers of many many years experience. This design (which looks like a Suzuki Kizashi + Isuzu VX2 concept) is already way-ahead of most European car firms ie. BMW/Porsche, and even better looking than the Italian-made Icona Volcano also unveiled at the same show. If this ever comes into production, it would certainly cause a huge stir in the global car market...

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