The N350 mid-size SUV, to be released in the coming October, will be the first model coming out of Jiangling Motors Co.’s (JMC’s) own passenger vehicle division. To be called Yusheng in Chinese, N350 will bear an all-new marque, distinct from the one for JMC commercial vehicles as well as "Landwind," the nameplate for passenger cars from the joint venture of Jiangling and Chang’an (JMH).
Development of N350 started in December, 2006. Last month, several test cars were spotted on tough terrain in Xinjiang, appearing in the final stage before volume production.
Having a body length close to 4.8 meters, it will be built on a platform currently for JMC pickup trucks. At least two types of engine will be employed. The diesel 2.4L (JX4D24) is from Ford, which partners Jiangling to produce and market Transit in China, and can put out 103kW and 285-375Nm. The gasoline Mitsubishi 4G69 2.4L is shared with some trims of Landwind X8, and rated at 118kW and 210Nm /4500rpm.
N350 is expected to sell between 100,000 and 150,000 yuan.
Earlier this month, Jiangling announced that it will build a new plant in Jiangxi Province with a yearly capacity of 300,000 units. Products from the new plant will include N350, JMC light-duty trucks, and Ford commercial vehicles. Rumor has it that Ford Escape will also be made there.