Failed competitor VW Atlas from Changan has changed not only externally but also insideNovember 30, 2018
High-grade sales of the most expensive crossover Changan – CS95 – started in China last March. In 2017, about 20,900 such cars were sold on the home market, but by the results of January-October 2018 the flagship had only 6,328 owners, with dealers delivering 264 vehicles last month to their customers. For comparison, Volkswagen Atlas and GAC GS8, the main competitors of the ninety-fifth, over the ten months of this year, dispersed in the PRC with a circulation of 71,388 and 53,480 copies, respectively. Apparently, the weak demand and pushed Changan to the early restyling of its flagship.
The exterior of the freshened CS95 was fully declassified in August this year – the photos of the all-terrain vehicle were “full-length” in the China Ministry of Industry. The model received a new radiator grille in the style of Lexus (on which instead of the inscription Changan is now embellished with a brand emblem), other bumpers and tail lights (an LED dash is stretched between them). Now the first snapshot of the interior of the restyling crossover appeared, published by the local Autohome.
Salon Changan CS95 also essentially redesigned: there is a new front panel, a multimedia system with a huge touch screen, other deflectors blown and the control unit of the climate installation. In addition, the crossover has changed the gearshift lever.
According to preliminary data, the CS95 engine is the same: the flagship is offered with a petrol turbocharged 2.0 (233 hp, 360 Nm) of its own development company. The engine works in pairs with the six-speed automatic transmission Aisin. In the “base” CS95 – front-wheel drive, for an additional payment, a transmission with a coupling for connecting the rear wheels is available.
CS95 is based on the upgraded version of the platform from the Changan Raeton sedan (not to be confused with Raeton CC). Dimensions after restyling have not changed: the length of the crossover is 4949 mm, the wheelbase is 2810 mm. All-terrain vehicle is available in five- or seven-seater versions.
It is not yet known when the freshened CS95 will get to dealerships. Probably, the sale of the cross with a different design will start in 2019. Outside the Celestial model is not presented. The pre-reform Changan CS95 stands at 159,800 yuan. Competitors will be more expensive: the price of the VW Atlas in China starts at a mark of 308,900 yuan, while the GAC GS8 stands at 163,800 yuan.