When I was little I often heard my mother tell an interesting story. When I was just born, my sister was four years old. Tiger!" It can be seen that she was a little panicked by my arrival at that time, maybe she did not know what "brother" was at that time.
When my grandfather was young, he admired that "many people have power", so it was normal to have more than five children; when my father was young, "family planning" was defined as a major national policy, as was mine. I had kids because it was hard to find a girlfriend!
Whenever I tell my "only children" friends that I have a sister, I always hear exclamation "I also want to have a sister or brother." After all, it is inevitable that parents should be busy with their own affairs, it would be more pleasant if brothers and sisters, not very different in age, played together. But love of parents is limited, if you give one more, other gets less, and there is also a selfish element in human nature. Although my sister and I never competed in anything when we were young, There is too much of them about struggle for property after growing up.
Whether it's people or things, getting same coverage is extremely difficult. Even a company as large as BAT can only choose a few areas of development, and it is impossible to advance in all aspects at same time. time. As one of largest automotive companies in world, General Motors has many sub-brands such as Chevrolet and Buick.
Chevrolet's influence overseas is greater than Buick's, but in China, GM's "daddy" layout is budget Chevrolet, mid-range Buick, and high-end Cadillac. Chevrolet 4S stores always open with Buick, and price is also cheaper than Buick. But are Chevy cars of same class really worse than Buicks? Today let's talk about new car under his banner-Chuangjie.
It's not just public that will "change shell"
If you open SUV sales ranking, you will find that most of them are compact SUVs, because SUVs of this level will not look too stingy to drive, and price is relatively mundane. , it is most suitable. Ordinary families use it for home use, and there are most ordinary families in China, so ordinary car companies attach great importance to compact class.
But just this year, Buick introduced its first compact SUV, Angkela GX (if Angkewei is considered a midsize car). compact "Angkola GX", it seems a bit cheap when it is born. For example, if Audi Q5 is called Q3 GX and Touareg is called Tiguan GX, what do potential car owners who are going to pay for new Q5 and Touareg think? Ordinary people think it's cheaper?
I believe that since friends who pay little attention to cars have heard term "platform". Now, while a car company with a little "head and face" has its own platform, because platform sharing can save a lot of research and development time, funds, processes, etc., which is really necessary for behemoths like Volkswagen and GM. Volkswagen has already become a “professional player” in this respect: most people would never have thought that Audi Q8, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus would appear on same MLB Evo platform.
As for GM, although current naming is not as detailed as that of Volkswagen MQB/MLB, this does not mean that it has not accepted such an operation. So it can be listed centrally for months, right? does it have any tricks in it?
In fact, all four of these vehicles have a MacPherson strut front and rear torsion beam suspension structure. Platform.
With size comparison above, it's not difficult to determine relationship between Chuangjie and Angkola GX. They have same wheelbase. It is worth noting that although Chuangjie is positioned as a compact SUV, it is significantly smaller than domestic Boyue, H6 or X-Trail and CR-V joint project, and can be considered as a "larger version". Make cool." More importantly, with exception of a few major French brands, no joint venture will use independent suspension on their compact SUVs.
It's often said that there are three main components to look at when buying a car, but what about other two main components of Chuangjie? It's actually easy to guess after learning about Angkola GX. Obviously, Chuangjie is equipped with a 1.3T engine codenamed L3Z from SAIC GM, with a maximum power of 165 horsepower and a maximum torque of 240 Nm. Not only Chuangjie and Enkola GX, currently time of SAIC-GM models with this engine cannot be counted with two hands.
Honestly, a 1.3-litre displacement can already do that very well, and it's barely enough for a family car, but it's a three-cylinder engine, word "three-cylinder" It has become a sensitive term for potential car owners, and there are quite a few people who resent it.More importantly, although it has a small displacement and one cylinder less than a four-cylinder, it doesn't really save fuel in actual use, which is embarrassing.
It's worth mentioning that starting with Excelle, Buick suddenly dropped AT and DCT, and started using CVT, and it got out of hand. later., all 1.3T Angkola GX and Chuangjie are no exception. Of course, on all-wheel drive top model, these two models are combined with a 9AT gearbox.
The black and red formula is more amazing
After talking about inside, let's talk about Chuangjie outside. Currently, with exception of Malibao, Sail and Captiva, Chevrolet models on sale mostly use this exterior design style, especially Redline model, which uses a lot of blackened elements in exterior, and its appearance is still quite high. not an exception.
At first glance, Chuangjie, which is designed in a family style, looks exactly like Explorer and Chuangku. The model uses separate headlights. In fact, there are only daytime running lights and turn indicators in traditional headlight area. Due to being more slender, it looks like a squinted open blood tank with an air intake grille. A ferocious beast with a large mouth, very ferocious.
The styling on side and back is nothing special, it is worth noting that roof of model with a red body is black, and roof of black body is painted red. However, only RS and Redline models are on display so far, and regular version may not feature this design.
While it's easy to see Chevrolet's identity in Chuangjie's interior design, it's very different from other models like Chuangku. For example, it does not use a floating central control screen. Every detail is different. Similarly, interior of Chuangjie RS model also uses a lot of red elements, which is clearly more in line with desire for individuality and sports preferences of young people.
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Obviously Buick Encore GX is based on Encore, so Buick really only added "GX" on back to show off its personality. In fact, even its size, it is also much smaller than regular compact SUVs. , and can be considered "quasi-compact" at best. But even so, Buick's starting price for Angkola GX is as high as $155,900, which is more expensive than Qashqai of its size, slightly smaller Honda XR-V and Toyota CH-R, plus three-cylinder. hard to believe it will sell well.
Of course, Chevrolet is relatively smarter, he did not take name "Chuangku GX", but simply and crudely proved identity of Chuanku and Explorer with "Chuangjie". And by Chevy's lower positioning than Buick, Chuangjie's price should also be cheaper than Encore GX, but I still think chance of high sales for this car is low.