Zotye Auto released the Multipla-derived Longyue today at Hangzhou Auto Show, which replaces the oddly named "Mutiplan."
From late 2008, the Fiat Multipla 2 compact MPV had been assembled from KD kits in Zotye’s Changsha factory in Hunan Province, and marketed in China under the name "Mutiplan." Longyue, while retaining all basic features of Mutiplan, employs more locally made parts. As no more KD kits are imported from Italy, Zotye is able to cut the prices significantly: Mutiplan sold for 138,800-159,800 yuan, and Longyue for only 69,800-89,800 yuan.
Three trim levels are unveiled today: base, luxury, and premium, all equipped with the same 1.6-liter engine (rated at 76kW/5750rpm and 145Nm/4000rpm) and 5-speed manual transmission found on Multiplan. Each trim level has two versions: 5- and 6-seat.
Although not currently available, two "Bi-Power" trims, which run on both petrol and natural gas, also appear in the official description.
Standard features on all trim levels include ABS/EBD, power sunroof, backup radar, MP3 and CD player. The premium models get dual sunroofs and extra airbags (front side and side curtain).
For more pictures and details of Longyue, please click here.