Projecting an image of Euro style car, Hawtai Motor names the B35 compact SUV after the wine-producing town in Italy, Bolgheri (Baolige in Chinese). It is true that the car’s diesel 2.0T engine is built with technology from Italy’s VM Motori, its automatic transmission from Germany’s ZF; that it is a blatant imitation of Porsche Cayenne in exterior styling. But underneath, it is more a derivative of Hyundai Santa Fe, which Hawtai has built since 2005.
The Bolgheri has a 2620mm wheelbase and an overall presence 4618mm long, 1858mm wide, and 1753mm high.
A full-time four-wheel drive, it has two engine options: a Hawtai-made turbo-charged diesel 2.0-liter (2.0TECV), rated 110kw/4000rpm and 310Nm/2000rpm, and a turbo-charged gasoline 1.8-liter (Kavachi 1.8T) from SAIC, rated 118kW/5500rpm and 215Nm/2100-4500rpm, which can be found on Roewe 550. Front suspension employs MacPherson struts; the rear is of the multi-link type.
Release is expected in the fourth quarter of 2011.