The Changan CS55 is a five-seat SUV that could fire the first UK export shot from China’s third-biggest car maker.
The CS55 is the newest model in its range of 17 models, and was launched at the 2017 Shanghai motor show to compete in the fast-growing Chinese compact SUV segment.
Understanding the Changan CS55’s place
About the size of the Ford Kuga, the CS55 sits on an all-new front-wheel-drive platform that will serve as the base for a new saloon, which for the first time will see Changan develop multiple models off a new architecture.
The styling was developed with input from Changan’s Turin design studio and although to some eyes slightly derivative of Land Rover’s latest models, it seems to have a mostly homogenous look.
Power comes from a four-cylinder 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust camshafts. This unit is mated in our test car to a six-speed Aisin Warner automatic gearbox. Maximum power is 154bhp at 5500rpm and peak torque comes at 165lb ft.
The suspension is struts at the front, a multi-link axle at the rear, anti-roll bars front and rear. The steering is electric power and the brakes are vented discs at the front, solid at the rear. A subframe carries the powerpack and front suspension, an engineering detail that usually delivers an extra edge of on-road refinement.