Economy, Auto

SAIPA Readying New SUV

SAIPA Readying New SUVSAIPA Readying New SUV

Iran's second largest car manufacturer, SAIPA, has announced that it will soon be selling a new SUV in Iran: Changan CS35.

The company has said the new car is being released due to the high demand for SUVs in Iran's market and to cater to he needs of customers, local automotive news website Persian Khodro reported.   

Changan Automobile Group, a Chinese automobile manufacturer headquartered in Chongqing, is considered one of the "Big Four" Chinese automakers. Under the hood of the CS35 is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include power steering, power windows, power mirrors, central locking, manual A/C, radio with AUX/USB/CD support, six speakers, halogen headlamps, parking sensors, fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The higher models get sunroof, leather wrapped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Safety features on the car include ABS, electronic brake distribution and brake assist, and front driver and passenger airbags, while higher models get side curtain airbags.

The car will be sold for 780-920 million rials ($22,500-$26,200) depending on the options selected. It is currently more expensive than the cars available in the market for 700 million rials.

Currently, the same model in China costs 80,000 Chinese yuan ($12,000), which indicates the models in Iran are at least 100% more expensive.