The Maxus V70 is a Chinese rival to the Custom Ford Transit | Daily News Byte


The new diesel-powered minivan from China is available in a nine-seat configuration

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December 25, 2022 at 05:37

    The Maxus V70 is a Chinese rival to the Custom Ford Transit

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Maxus, a brand owned by SAIC, has revealed a new minivan called the V70 that will go on sale in China in early 2023. The diesel-powered model is based on a new platform and is similar in size to the likes of Ford Transit Custom, VW Transporter, and Citroen Spacetourer.

The V70 looks more modern than Maxus’ other offerings. However, it’s not as futuristic as the Hyundai Staria, or as modern as its Maxus Mifa electric minivan stablemate. The signature styling cue is the intake grid on the front bumper that doubles as a grille. In terms of lighting, the minivan has matrix LED headlights, additional units in the lower bumper intake, and vertically mounted taillights that connect to an LED strip above the rear windshield.

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    The Maxus V70 is a Chinese rival to the Custom Ford Transit

The model measures 4,998 mm (196.8 in) long, 2,030 mm (79.9 in) wide, and 2,035 mm (80.1 in) tall, with a 3-meter (118.1 in) wheelbase. This makes it slightly longer than the previous-gen Ford Transit Custom, but shorter than the Hyundai Staria. Chinese media reported that the Maxus V70 will be available in different roof heights and wheelbase lengths. Personalization options include the iconic bi-tone treatment with a white shade for the upper part of the bodywork and large Maxus V70 lettering on the profile.

In line with rival models, the Maxus V70 has a sliding door for rear passengers and a two-piece tailgate. Despite the small diameter of the wheels, the ground clearance appears to be large, so Maxus equipped the V70 with side steps. Inside, there’s room for five, six, or nine passengers depending on the configuration. Maxus did not show images of the dashboard but the minivan may be equipped with a tablet-like infotainment touchscreen, a Bluetooth key, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Maxus V70 is based on SAIC’s new platform which is expected to underpin several LCVs in the near future. It is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine producing 125 hp (93 kW / 126 PS), paired exclusively with a nine-speed automatic, allowing a top speed of 156 km/h (97 mph ).

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As reported by Car News China, Maxus sells vehicles in more than 70 countries. This means that the Maxus V70 could be exported to other markets outside of China, where it will be introduced in 2023.


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