Although specializing in SUVs, Landwind, a joint venture between JMC (Jiangling Motor) and Changan, has failed to capitalize on the booming market of utility vehicles in recent years. A major reason for this is that it has stuck with a largely body-on-frame lineup that provide little comfort or fashion to attract consumers. Pictures circulating online about an upcoming compact, codenamed E31, in the past few months seem to show Landwind has finally realized the CUV trend is its friend.
New spy shots from auto.qq.com reveal that the E31 will be added to Landwind’s X series, becoming the X5 (shown in the pic below). Of a unibody design, the X5 rides on front MacPherson and rear double-wishbone suspensions, the same types as those on Toyota RAV4, reportedly its direct inspirer.
|Landwind X5 (E31), to be released|
|Track (front/rear, mm)||1560|
|Approach/Departure Angle (")||23/25|
|Turning Diameter (m)||10.6|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||190|
|Front/Rear Suspension||MacPherson/Double Wishbone|
|Engines||2.0T (and possibly 1.5T)|
|Transmissions||6MT (and possibly 8AT)|
The main engine option will be a turbo 2.0 liter from Dong’an Mitsubishi, which can develop up to 130kW of power and 250Nm of torque and is mated to a 6MT. At a later stage after the scheduled market launch in early 2013, an 8-speed auto gearbox from (Weifang) Shengrui Transmission Co., Ltd. as well as a turbo 1.5 liter may also be provided. Both FWD and 4WD versions will be made available.
The Landwind X5 is expected to make its debut at the 2012 Guangzhou Auto Show to be held in November.
Below: previously exposed Landwind E31