The only thing that comes to our brain as we hear the word ‘Changan’, are the aged awful vans and double cabin pickups sold in our market by Karakoram motors throughout the previous decade.
Chinese car manufacturers counting Changan since then, have crossed leaps and bounds in automobile growth and as in the bulk of cases, Pakistan is yet to spectate the better side of Chinese automobiles.
One of the main reasons why Chinese cars are getting more and more impressive is for the reason that Chinese are rapidly recruiting renowned European car designers who have loads of knowledge of working with leading automobile manufactures beneath their belt.
Most distinguished recruitments comprise Peter Horbury, the former design head of Volvo who is now heading Geely as Senior Vice President of Design, courtesy Geely’s acquisition of Volvo. Ex- Mercedes-Benz designer Peter Arcadipane is now working for BAIC Group (Beijing Auto Industry Company).
Former Porsche designer Hakan Saracoglu has connected to Chery Automobiles, former Audi Group chief designer Wolfgang Egger, has taken charge as Director Design and Development of BYD and former BMW design director Chris Bangle, currently consults for Changan Automobiles.
The outcome is obvious since Changan has been producing some eye-catching vehicles lately. The new Eado XT that is the hatchback version of Changan’s successful Eado sedan is yet one more of such case. It is by far the best looking hatchback to come out from Chinese soil.
The Eado XT measures 4,505×1,820×1,490mm with a wheelbase of 2,700mm and is accessible with a choice of two engines. A 1.6 liter 125 hp naturally aspirated unit mated to moreover a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, and a 1.5 liter 170 hp turbocharged unit mated to a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
First revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, the Changan Eado and Eado XT and well thought-out as the finest and the most victorious models with impressive sales ever since. The new breed of Eado series is possible to take the reputation of these cars to a new level in China.
Changan will officially launch the new Eado XT soon with an anticipated price tag to start around 72,000 yuan (PKR 12.59 lac). When will people of Pakistan get these sort of Chinese cars, is a query that is yet to be unreciprocated.