Dongfeng S30 Gets A New Appearance and Engine Choice for 2013

On March 15, Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle Company released the 2013 Fengshen S30 compact sedan, which came with a new look and an additional, 1.5L engine option. Prices remain largely unchanged, ranging from 67,800 – 88,800 Yuan (US$10,908-14,286).

The restyling, which preserves the 2610mm wheelbase, makes the S30 look even more characterless. With a new, U-shape front grille, it is now almost indistinguishable, when observed at a distance, from some past models of VW Bora and Lavida. Some say, and Dongfeng apparently believes, that the high popularity of the two VW models lies partly in their mediocre or mainstream design. What an obtuse way of copying others’ success!

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Alongside the 1.6L engine from Dongfeng-PSA (DPCA), an "e-TECO A15" 1.5 liter is provided, paired with a 5MT or Aisin 4AT. While having a smaller displacement, the 1.5 liter can put out slightly more power and torque.

Debuted two years ago, the e-TECO series from Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle was developed on basis of some outdated PSA engines. Featuring VVT-i technology, they are to power the upcoming Dongfeng Fengshen H30 Cross and Fengshen A60.

On some S30s that run as taxis in Wuhan, a third engine option has been found: the A16 of 1.6 liter from the e-TECO series. If proven reliable, the A16 will replace the current 1.6L from DPCA across the nation in a year or two.

Fengshen was the fastest-growing passenger car marque in China last year, with deliveries increasing 131.2% from 2011 to over 60,000. The S30 contributed 25,455 units (including about 4,000 exported to Venezuela). This year, Dongfeng targets 108,300 Fengshen sales.

2013 Dongfeng (DFM) Fengshen S30 Sedan 1.5 AT 1 1.5 AT 2 1.6 MT 1 1.6 MT 2 1.6 MT 3 1.6 MT CNG (compressed natural gas)
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 79,800 88,800 67,800 71,800 79,800 Unknown
Date of Market Launch
March 15, 2013
Powertrain
Engine
Gasoline 1.5L (1497cc) L4 16V DOHC VVT
Gasoline 1.6L (1587cc) L4 16V DOHC
1.6L
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
85/6000
78/5750
67/5750
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
145/4200
142/4000
120/4000
Transmission
Aisin 4AT with sports and winter modes
5MT
Suspension Front
MacPherson
Suspension Rear
Double torsion bar, longitudinal control arm
Drivetrain
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/solid disc
Top Speed (km/h)
180
187
Gasoline: 187 CNG: 172
Steering
EPS
HPS
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
6.6
6.9
Gasoline: 6.9 CNG: 0
Fuel Economy at 90km/h (L/100km)
5.6
5.7
Gasoline: 5.7 CNG: 0
Tank Capacity (L)
51
Volume of CNG (compressed natural gas) Tank (L)
80
Emission Level
China/Euro IV/V OBD
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4526
Overall Width (mm)
1740
Overall Height (mm)
1465
Wheelbase (mm)
2610
Ground Clearance (mm)
130
Turning Radius (m)
5.26
Curb Weight (kg)
1220
1215
1300
Seating Capacity
5
Cargo Volume (L)
487
  1.5 AT 1 1.5 AT 2 1.6 MT 1 1.6 MT 2 1.6 MT 3 1.6 MT CNG
Exterior  
Tires
195/60R15
Alloy Wheels S S N S S S
"Follow-me-home" Lighting System S S N S S S
Front Fog Lamps S S N S S S
Heat-proof Windows S S S S S S
Power Exterior Mirrors S S S S S S
Heated Exterior Mirrors N S N N S N
Power Sunroof N S N N S N
Interior  
ECU S S N S S S
Cruise Control N S N N N N
Power Windows S S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S S
Rear Window Defroster S S N S S S
Anti-glare Interior Rearview Mirror S S S S S S
Leather Steering Wheel N S N N S N
Steering Wheel Multi Controls N S N N S N
Cloth Seats S S S S S S
Number of Speakers 4 6 2 4 6 4
Radio, AUX-IN S S S S S S
USB S S N S S S
SD Slot, 7-inch Color Touch Screen, GPS, Blue-tooth Connectivity N S N N S N
Air Conditioner Manual Auto Manual Auto Auto Manual
Safety  
Driver’s Front Airbag S S S S S S
Co-driver’s Front Airbag S S N S S S
Dual Front Side Airbags N S N N N N
ABS+EBD S S S S S S
Front Row Pretensioners S S S S S S
Child Safety Locks S S S S S S
Speed- and Crash-sensing Door Locks S S S S S S
Crash-sensing Fuel Shut-off S S S S S S
Side-impact Door Beams S S S S S S
Intelligent Anti-theft System S S N S S S
Remote Key S S N S S S
Back-up Radar S S N S S S
Rearview Camera N S N N N N

S=Standard, O=Optional, N=Not available