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Landwind SUV sails in to South Africa

03.08.2015

THE local Chinese automotive contingent continues to grow and, as I discovered, is only becoming more impressive. The Landwind 5 SUV is the latest model to come from the JMC group; I attended the launch to see what the new product could offer local buyers.

The SUV is a similar size to the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel Mokka and Ford’s EcoSport. It will be available in both 4x2 manual and 4x2 automatic variants. That is some seriously stiff competition for a new entrant to face.

Underneath the hood you’ll find the Mitsubishi 4G63S4T inline, four-cylinder that once powered the Mitsubishi Evolution model. Although in this model it now uses a Borg Warner turbocharger for figures of 140kW/250Nm. There are some other big name companies that have helped develop this car, for example, Prodrive helped in the suspension department, Delphi the electronics and Getrag, the gearbox,

The claimed performance is a 0-100km/h time of around 11 seconds while consuming 8.5 litres/100km. The car comes with ABS/EBD, dual airbags and park distance control. These figures, if they are achievable, would make the Landwind comparable to other cars in the segment.

The car will retail for R269 880 and comes with a three-year/100 000km warranty and a two-year/60 000km service plan. That pricing and service plan/warranty makes the car competitive. I will reserve my judgment until I get the opportunity to drive the car in the coming month.

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Article written by Sean Nurse
03.08.2015
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