China is a fast-paced country. Not only are cars from this country built in an able and fast manner – automobiles here are indeed quick and efficient to boot!
And when it comes to luxury-class vehicles, Landwind makes a definite pick for motorists. Let’s find out more about this awesome brand below.
The Landwind Story
It all began when Sun Min, the JMCG (Jiangling Motors Corporation Group Co., Ltd.) chairman of that time (probably around the year of 1998), wanted to have another separate group for the automobile manufacturing company. This was because the chairman felt that the company was relying too much on external groups for production.
Considering that the move will require expertise and manpower (but with the benefit of additional profit, for JMCG will be saving a lot by producing their own line of marquee cars), the group actively and aggressively pushed to make the plan happen.
And it did – Landwind does continue to prosper today, by offering the general motoring public an amazing line of vehicles to choose and drive with!
Conquer the Road with these Landwind Automobiles
Let’s get right into the most important part of this article – the cars! Check out some of the most amazing models that this brand has produced.
Originally a concept vehicle during the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, the Landwind Xiaoyao made its official debut the following year. Essentially a doppelganger of the already-impressive Mercedes GLA, this compact CUV does offer a great alternative for Chinese motorists to drive.
What makes it different from the Euro car is that the Landwind Xiaoyao has its own unique exterior. The rear and front fascia have both been redesigned in such a way to present itself elegantly. As for the interior, the Xiaoyao offers and highlights multiple and impressive tech-savvy motoring integrations. An 8-inch screen has a tablet look and feel to it – accessing infotainment features or checking motoring details are done with simple swipe and tap gestures.
This car is powered by a 1.5-liter petrol engine (four-cylinder). Motorists can choose from either 163 hp or 150 hp variants.
In what may be one of the most bizarre motoring news to come out of China, the Landwind X7 may forever be known as the car that copied – and was dealt justice – a hallmark vehicle; the Range Rover Evoque.
When compared, it’s as if the Landwind X7 is a direct clone of the Range Rover. Some subtle details do differ that exist between the vehicles:
- Grille – the X7 incorporates a chrome strip.
- Headlights – slightly different in design.
- Engine – the X7 uses a Mitsubishi engine, a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine (turbocharged).
- Transmission – linked to the mentioned engine above, motorists can choose either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission.
- Roof Rack – the X7 provides one as stock.
Considering the various design elements that seem to have been lifted out of the Range Rover, the X7 has actually been asked by the court to stop production of this vehicle.
Other than its homeland, the Landwind X5 also made waves in South Africa. This compact CUV, which was launched last 2012, offers motorists a great balance of style, reliability, and (it might just be the most important factor), price.
For power, the X5 has a 2.0 liter engine (turbo). Drivers can choose between a 190 hp or 250 hp variant. Additionally, basic safety features (ABS, airbags) are integrated on this vehicle.
It’s basically a low specification vehicle that still looks amazing (it does have a high-class look to it!).
Launched last 2017, the Landwind X2 is actually a joint collaboration between Jiangling Motors Corporation and Changan Auto.
The collaboration resulted in an impressive and stylish vehicle. The core inspiration (and chassis usage, to give out a specific instance) is the already-impressive Changan CS35 design. Nevertheless, the cool partnership between the two Chinese motoring giants is a landmark in itself!
The interior of this car does look amazing. Incorporating minimalist design elements, the look and feel of the car does work well with the infotainment features found within the car.
At 1.6 liter atmospheric engine (JL478QEE type) is used to power this vehicle.
We’d also want to share another notorious car out of the Landwind line of vehicles. We, of course, would always want to be transparent – such is the case for us sharing!
Considering the reputation of Landwind to be able to clone several vehicles in the market, the Landwind X6 does seek its inspiration from the Isuzu Rodeo. In its home country, the Landwind X6 is known as the Jiangling Baowei; in pickup truck form, it is known as the Jiangling Baodian.
But perhaps the one thing (unfortunately) that this car is known for is its safety test score. With a safety test conducted by EuroNCAP, it was found that a driver of the Landwind X6 will not be able to survive a head-on collision in the vehicle – even at a speed of 64 km/h!
One of the most recent releases (just this year, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show), this compact CUV is a wonder to behold (and to be in!)! Meant to be a fashionable vehicle, the Landwind Rongyao does look like a car that will create a lasting and impressive impact.
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The first thing you may notice on this car is its hexagonal grille. Implementing dot matrix design elements, this CUV has a modern and fast-forward look to it. Additionally, this car’s headlights offer an interesting take. Done in a split-type manner, the headlights are positioned in such a way to also work with the Rongyao’s aerodynamic and sleek built.
For power, the Landwind Rongyao has an impressive 1.5 liter engine (turbo inline-4 variant). Motorists can choose from either a 7-speed transmission (dual-clutch) or a 6-speed transmission (manual).
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Regardless of the controversies that seem to arise from this brand, Landwind does have its appeal. What’s your take on this Chinese car company?
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