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New Changan CS35 Plus heats up war in sub-P1M crossover segment

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CHANGAN PHILIPPINES recently grew its local portfolio with the launch of the CS35 Plus. The five-seater subcompact crossover flaunts aggressive design and a healthy mix of technological features promising heightened value for money.

It bears a strong front fascia with a grille design inspired by obsidian rock formation, and a split headlamp layout of its front-positioned LED DRLs and low-positioned LED automatic headlamps. For a sporty touch, a racing line wraps around the front headlamps, running along the muscular side body and seamlessly connecting to the new LED taillamps on whale-tail rear design. Changan said that the CS35 Plus boasts aircraft-inspired lighting.

An LED high mount stop lamp increases visibility on the road, while a shark fin antenna is an edgy accessory that contributes an aerodynamic design. The vehicle has functioning dual stainless steel exhaust pipes for a sportier allure, and rides on 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with a square-wheel arch design.

Drivers can start the engine and air-conditioning system before entering the vehicle through Engine Remote Start. For safety, if the vehicle isn’t boarded and driven within 10 minutes, the engine will automatically shut off.

Changan said that the CS35 Plus cabin interior is ergonomically refined and features controls within arm’s reach, along with “comfortable head and legroom for driver and passenger.” A multi-functional D-shaped steering wheel has an integrated vehicle control layout for cruise control and the digital instrument display. The vehicle’s auto climate control system features a PM 0.1 filter. A rear A/C vent for the Hype and Luxe variants extend cooling comfort for passengers at the back.

At the center of its dashboard is a large 10-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity for personal music, smartphone mirroring for calls, navigation, video playback, and more. There is also a built-in wireless charging pad for cordless compatible smartphone charging, plus two USB ports. Dual-tone leather-wrapped seats have body-supporting foam. The new CS35 Plus is said to showcase Deep Sea Silence Technology that “effectively isolates and absorbs exterior noise, thanks to Changan’s application of 50 noise dampeners in 20 strategic cabin areas alongside the thickened glass on the front windshield and side windows.” A panoramic sunroof is available on Hype and Luxe trims.

Its 403 liters of cargo space can be increased to 950 liters with the second-row seats’ 4:6 configuration. The Luxe trim receives a powered tailgate, which can be operated using the key fob or simply standing behind the vehicle with that in hand for about four seconds.

Powering the CS35 Plus is a turbocharged, 1.4-liter gasoline direct injection engine delivering 160 horsepower and 260Nm. It is paired with a seven-speed wet dual clutch transmission system for “effortless gear changes with quicker reaction and delivers ample acceleration on demand.” The driver may choose from three modes: Sport for more stable control during high speed, Comfortable for lighter control while parking or navigating through traffic, and Standard for everyday city driving on normal road conditions.

The new CS35 Plus comes with the Safe-tech System in the Luxe and Hype variants — a comprehensive suite of safety features including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and front collision warning. Additional features are a panoramic camera system that affords 2D or 3D visibility with a 360-degree view of surroundings for easier parking or maneuvering in tight spaces.

In the event of a collision, the new CS35 Plus (in the Luxe and Hype trims) has an advanced six air bag system comprised of front and side driver, and passenger seat air bags, and front-to-rear side air curtains to help reduce injury to occupants. In addition, the cabin is engineered with Changan’s ultra-high strength body frame that maintains rigidity while mitigating the impact force to its crumple zone areas to create a safe cabin for occupants. Other safety amenities are a smart window system with anti-pinch function on all four windows, tire pressure monitoring system, Isofix for child safety seats, and an auto close feature that closes all open windows and sunroof if left open upon locking the vehicle.

The CS35 Plus gets Changan’s Vital 5 Plus program: a five-year/150,000-km warranty, Changan Pacesetter roadside assistance and towing service, Changan Fastlane’s 60-minute service guarantee with free PMS Labor for the first year or first 20,000 km (whichever comes first), Changan Veloservice for quicker online service appointments, and quick and efficient assistance from Changan’s AI Chatbot CAIA.

The new CS35 Plus variants have introductory pricing as follows: Lite (P898,000), Hype (P969,000), and Luxe (P999,000). It comes in Wunderlust White, Timber Wolf Gray, and Draco Red. For more information, visit www.changanphil.com or chat with CAIA through ChanganPhil on Facebook.