It’s official: Changan Motor Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) is now up and running. The company is one of the ‘Big Four’ automakers in its home market of China, backed by almost four decades of experience in the auto industry.
Changan Motor Philippines is introducing a power lineup to the local market
The local affiliate is helmed by Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, who also spearheads Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) as its president and CEO. CMPI has big plans for our market, with 39 dealerships planned in the pipeline. Five models comprise Changan’s opening salvo for Philippine customers, comprising three SUVs, one subcompact sedan, and one electric vehicle.
Starting off the range is the Alsvin subcompact sedan, available in three trim levels. Standard amenities include adjustable projector halogen headlamps, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, as well as leather seating.
Two gasoline engine options come in the form of a 1.4L power plant making 97 hp and 135 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual, and a 1.5L mill generating 105 hp and 145 Nm of torque, linked to a 5-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Alsvin has a lightweight footprint with a heavyweight feature set
Next is the CS35 Plus compact crossover, sporting power-folding side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, automatic climate control with N95 grade cabin filter, 10-inch multimedia touchscreen, remote engine start, and a blind-spot rearview camera.
A 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine with direct injection lives under the hood, propelling the CS35 Plus with 156 hp and 235 Nm of torque, in concert with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Standard on the Changan CS35 Plus is an N95 cabin filter
The CS75 Plus compact SUV is an option for those looking for a more athletic driving experience. Red exterior accents emphasize its sporty nature, accompanied by LED headlamps and dual exhaust tips.
Inside, a 7-inch LCD panel serves as the instrument cluster. Users can choose between three selectable drive modes, while the 360-degree camera enhances safety. Powering the vehicle is a 1.5L turbocharged engine good for 176 hp and 265 Nm of torque, delivering power via a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
The CS75 Plus exudes a sporty vibe for a compact SUV
There’s the CS95 midsize SUV, which can accommodate up to seven occupants. Everyone onboard can be entertained by the 12.3-inch touchscreen head unit.
Tri-zone automatic climate control ensures that all passengers stay cool, while dual front, side, and curtain airbags provide collision protection all around. Launching the CS95 is a 2.0L turbocharged gasoline engine good for 229 hp and 360 Nm of torque, stirring up the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Pinoy families will surely appreciate the seven seats and tri-zone climate control on the CS95 Plus
The lone electric offering is the Eado EV460, which Changan boasts of having a maximum 550-km range on a single charge. A fast-charging system juices up the battery from zero to 80 percent in just 50 minutes.
Among its standard features are leather seats, six airbags, and electronic stability control.
The Eado EV460 was named the best 'Green Car' in China
Pricing for Changan’s introductory lineup is as follows:
- Changan Alsvin 1.4 M/T – Php 539,000
- Changan Alsvin 1.5 DCT – Php 599,000
- Changan Alsvin 1.5 DCT Platinum – Php 539,000
- Changan CS35 Plus – Php 999,000
- Changan CS75 Plus – Php 1,229,000
- Changan CS95 Plus – Php 2,178,000
- Changan Eado EV460 – By indent order
Check out the country’s upcoming automotive brands at Philkotse.com.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo
Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.
Apart from his role in Philkotse, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.
Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.