Chinese concern FAW showed competitor Range Rover VelarSeptember 16, 2019
Chinese brand Bestune, producing premium crossovers, presented the mid-size SUV T99. The novelty is developed on its own: the platform, engine and transmission are made in China. Trump card T99 – a modern interior with three touch displays.
In terms of dimensions, the Bestune T99 is comparable to the Velar: the Chinese all-terrain vehicle reaches 4,800 millimeters in length, 1,915 millimeters in width, and 1,685 millimeters in height. Structurally, the novelty from the Celestial Empire is simpler in proportion to crossovers: only the front-wheel drive, the engine and transmission are uncontested. Under the hood, a 2.0-liter “turbo four” with a capacity of 224 horsepower (340 Nm of torque), known for the all-terrain vehicle Hongqi HS5, an 8-speed automatic transmission developed in China.
The Bestune line of models so far consists of three models, and the T99 is the flagship. In the FAW hierarchy, Bestune is second only to the Hongqi brand, which manufactures automobiles for senior Chinese officials.
Inside, Bestune T99 meets a pair of 12-inch displays, combined into a single console – one is an electronic instrument panel, the second is responsible for the media system. At the knee level there is a compact touch screen that “manages” auxiliary functions, such as air conditioning. The manufacturer claims that the T99 media system understands voice commands.
Although the Bestune T99 has three options for interior design – the usual, “luxury” and “sport” – variability in the interior is achieved only with accessories and decor.
In the domestic market, Bestune T99 will go on sale before the end of September. Prices have not yet been announced; there is no clarity about the export prospects of the new product.
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