Introduced to China in 2007 through FAW Jilin Automobile, Daihatsu Xenia, the twin model of Toyota Avanza, suffered initial setbacks. With only 5,100 units sold in 2008 (the target was 30,000), Daihatsu transferred the entire local production of Xenia to FAW Jilin while continuing to supply engines and transmissions. So in September last year, the mini MPV was re-launched under the FAW marque. With lower price tags, the new Xenia, called "Senya M80," saw sales soaring.
On Dec. 20, the opening day of the 2011 Guangzhou Auto Show, FAW released a SUV version of the van: Xenia S80, which was debuted earlier this year in Beijing. The mini crossover SUV has the same wheelbase of 2655mm as the M80, but grows slightly taller and larger. Despite higher ground clearance (at 200mm) and seating positions, it still looks and feels more like a van than a SUV. Most of M80’s exterior styling is retained, so are its powertrains.
For the 1.3L engine option, one can choose either a 5-seater or a 7-seater, both with a manual gearbox. A four-speed auto transmission is offered for 1.5L models. Prices start at 68,500 yuan and reach 89,500 yuan for the 1.5L AT with navigation.
FAW Jilin plans to sell 55,000 M80s and 25,000 S80s in 2011.
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