Lifan 320 subcompact, the ultra-affordable Mini Cooper impersonator, gets a new transmission option for 2011, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) employing imported Bosch pushbelts. It is paired with the Lifan-made 1.3-liter engine (LF479Q3) that can put out up to 65kW of power and 110Nm of torque.
The 320 CVT, released on Sunday, are available in three trim levels: standard, luxury, and premium, priced at 46,900 Yuan ($7,150), 49,900 Yuan, and 52,900 Yuan, respectively. They will be sold alongside models with a 5-speed manual transmission which are priced between 36,900Yuan and 40,900 Yuan.
All models, with a CVT or 5MT, feature ABS+EBD, power external mirror, power front row windows, front fog lamps, A.C., power steering, and AUX-IN.
Although cheap and eye-catching, Lifan 320 saw lackluster sales in 2010, delivering only 7,510 units; BYD F0 and Geely Gleagle Panda, two of its main competitors, sold 148,457 and 41,044 units, respectively.