BY MIKE OCHONMA
There are more choices for buyers looking for brand new cars to include in their garages following the launch of the all-new Changan CS15 Crossover into the Nigerian market. The latest arrival is from Zahav Automobile Co., a subsidiary of Stallion Group and official franchisee of the brand in the country.
Unveiled last Saturday at a media launch held at Changan’s Victoria Island, Lagos showroom, the restyled SUV comes loaded with safety and intelligent features.
Addressing motoring journalists at the launch, Stallion Motors’ head of sales and marketing, Vijay Singh, said his company rolled out the new CS15 to satisfy the desire of lovers for SUVs that combine beauty with intelligence, strength and value for money.
The latest CS15 comes loaded with ABS, airbags, anti-theft alarm, collision detection, electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), immobilizer, front and rear parking sensors and rear camera.
Powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated onto 5DCT (Dual-clutch transmission), it generates 105 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque.
“Interestingly, as the nation and the rest of the world face challenges of volatile fuel price, CS15, which frugally travels across 100 kilometers using only 6.5 litres of fuel, is pocket-friendly,” Singh said.
Coming with a brand-new chassis adjustment, which translates to comfortable cruising control on the city or highway, the CS15’s cute styling is a proof that Changan designers took their creative prowess to another level, resulting in a muscular exterior curves that convey surging power.
Restyled with a modified grill and Sharp LED headlamp, it is 4.135 mm long, 1,740 mm wide and 1630 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2520 mm and trunk capacity of 230 litres, all of which enlarge its interior space.
Viewed from the rear, its horizontal through tail design mixes sharpness and cuteness together, just as its 17-inch flash sickle wheel draws attention all the time.
The striking styling extends into its interior, thereby underlining individuality, dynamism and style. Equipped with automatic headlamp, wise and convenient keyless entry + one-push start, the interior comes with silver chrome 7-inch touch LCD screen, which supports mobile phone interconnection and mapping and other basic functions.
With up to 39 storage spaces, CS15 makes use of its flexible design, as foldable rear seats and electric sunroof offer you and your family more comfort and flexibility.
In addition to the basic central control lock, the CS15 is equipped with extra intelligent features, including rear parking radar, reversing image, constant speed cruise, front and rear power windows, exterior mirror electric adjustment function, automatic headlights, headlight height adjustment, co-pilot car interior makeup mirror and in-car air conditioning/pollen filtering.
There are more. Both the front and rear are equipped with headrests. The rear seats can be reclined in an equal proportion of 40:60, increasing the storage space of the trunk, extending from 230L of daily use space to 1100L of extra space.
Despite its load of safety features, equipment and sweet styling, the newly launched Changan CS15, according to Singh, is on offer for as low as N12.3m, factors that embolden the CS15 to confidently flex its muscles against the likes of Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, GACGS3 and Nissan Kicks, its major competitors in the country.