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SAIC Roewe W5

Mon, 22 Aug 2011

Previewed by the Roewe W5 Concept unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai motor show, SAIC's new SUV derived its styling from the Ssangyong Kyron, which was reworked by Ma Zhengkun (Ken Ma)'s design team. Measuring 4676mm long, 1888mm wide and 1765mm tall, the new car is similar in size to the Toyota Highlander.

SAIC is calling the new vehicle a ‘cross-specialty SUV'. With a large ‘ladder' shield-shaped chrome grille and corresponding sized headlights, the vehicle's front end looks stocky, while the omission of a logo gives it a unique personality. On the side, ‘spindle' side windows, fully integrated into the carved waist line, create a powerful profile. Inside, SAIC claims the Roewe W5 will offer a driver focused asymmetrical interior design to highlight its SUV character.

The new Roewe W5 is powered by 1.8-liter turbocharged engine or a 3.2-liter Tornado six cylinder mill, the same powerplants available in the Roewe the 550 and 750 sedans.