The sporty Changan Uni-T hatchback, contrary to Chinese traditions, will stand out not only in decor. Under its hood, a 2.0 TGDI gasoline turbo four (233 hp, 390 Nm) with an Aisin automatic transmission in eight steps is expected. The top unit was announced a year ago, but so far all units are equipped with a 1.5 turbo engine (180 HP, 300 Nm), a seven-band “robot” with two “wet” clutches and front-wheel drive.
Published only two teasers without a description, and the full-fledged premiere, it seems, will take place at the Shanghai Auto Show (April 19-28). Externally, the “athlete” is distinguished by a circular aerodynamic body kit, blackened details, lemon accents and 20-inch matte wheels (245/45 R20).
If the front Uni-T Sport rolled out the “lip” of the splitter, the sides were decorated with plump skirts and arches with glossy overlays, and a massive spoiler and a modest diffuser appeared at the back. Four outlets are also available for a regular “unit”, but here they are justified.
The “sporty” interior is still classified, so the photo shows an ordinary salon with two-tone trim, D-shaped multifunction steering wheel, tandem displays (10.25 inches each), “intelligent” climate control and Arkamys audio system with six speakers .
The Uni-T hatchback entered the PRC market in May 2020 with prices ranging from 115,900 to 133,900 yuan ($ 17,700-20,400) and by the end of the year managed to find 68,646 owners. In January, 11,868 units were sold, in February – 7,038, but it’s too early to talk about the fading of interest in the model. However, part of the audience was probably “hijacked” by the senior Uni-K. Curiously, Changan Auchan X5, a budget clone of the “unit” priced at 69,900-102,900 yuan ($ 10,700-15,700), is already ahead of the original: 13,127 units were sold in January, and 10,405 in February.