SAIC Commercial Vehicle is exposed developing a seven-seat people carrier, which would be the second model, after the V80 van, to carry the Maxus (Datong) brand. Based on a different platform than the V80, the spied prototype has a front engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, and employs multi links rather than leaf springs in rear suspension for improved comfort.
In size, the upcoming Maxus MPV will be similar to Buick GL8 and JAC Refine, its main targeted rivals. It will provide seven seating positions in a 2+2+3 layout, with the second and third rows accessible through sliding doors.
The main engine choice is believed to be a turbo-charged petrol 2.0 liter (2.0TGI), the specs of which are currently unknown.
The Maxus brand was launched two years ago by SAIC for its planned light-duty commercial vehicle lineup. The first SAIC Maxus model, the V80, is a direct descendant of the Maxus van from the British company LDV, which SAIC bought in 2009.