Introduced in late 2008, Gleagle Panda has posted lackluster sales. With 28,000 units delivered last year and 36,900 in the first 11 months of this year, it has trailed segment leaders like Chery QQ, BYD F0, Suzuki Alto, and Changan Benni. However, the supermini has scored big for Geely as proof of its strengthened designing capacity.
GX2, the crossover version of Panda, extends that proof. It is a Panda styled like a mini SUV. Sharing a platform, the two versions have the same wheelbase of 2340mm, while GX2 is 217mm longer (at 3815mm) and 65mm higher (at 1530mm) in external dimensions. The Panda is curved-shaped and looks cuddly; CX2 gets more edges and looks untamed.
Yet this is not a Kungfu Panda. CX2 may look like an empowered and wild Panda, but within it differs little from the cute one. The 1.3L and 1.5L engines, 5-speed manual transmission, suspensions, and even most of the interior configuration are all carryovers.
Priced between 51,800 and 65,800 yuan, CX2 is currently available in four MT editions. ABS/EBD and remote key are provided on all. The three higher editions get DVD, GPS, speeding alarm, backup radar and camera, and dual front airbags. The top trim comes with six airbags.
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