Roewe D5X PHEV Went On Sale

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The Roewe D5X PHEV has arrived, offering a compelling combination of style, technology, and eco-friendliness in the A+ size class SUV segment. Launched on May 20th, the D5X carries a starting price of 119,800 yuan ($16,550) and tops out at 146,800 yuan ($20,300). Considered the SUV counterpart to the Roewe D7 sedan, the D5X holds the distinction of being the first SUV equipped with the automaker's advanced fourth-generation DMH super hybrid system. This translates to a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) only offering, promising both electric power and gasoline engine efficiency.

Roewe D5X

To sweeten the deal for early adopters, Roewe is offering a limited-time discount of 10,000 yuan ($1,390) on each model for those who place a 1,000 yuan ($139) deposit. Additionally, six other incentives are available to entice potential buyers.

The D5X boasts a clean and elegant design language, drawing inspiration from classical Chinese architecture according to the automaker. This translates to a sleek, enclosed front grille with a single air inlet below the bumper. The sides feature hidden door handles for a more streamlined look. The SUV measures 4700 mm in length, 1890 mm in width, and 1664 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2765 mm. Depending on the chosen trim level, the D5X rides on either 19-inch or 20-inch wheels.

Stepping inside, the D5X's cabin exudes a sense of sophistication with a generous use of suede-like materials. The spacious interior is further enhanced by a panoramic sunroof that bathes the cabin in natural light. A standout feature is the impressive 24.6-inch dual-screen setup, seamlessly integrating the instrument cluster and infotainment system. The D5X boasts a new Zebra (Banma) intelligent machine interface system, designed to simplify navigation by allowing one-click transfer of navigation information from your phone to the car's system. Safety is a priority, with the Roewe D5X equipped with L2 driver assistance features.

Roewe D5X PHEV interior

The D5X's PHEV powertrain utilizes the aforementioned fourth-generation DMH super hybrid system. This system has evolved significantly since its debut in the e550 in 2013. The latest iteration features a 1.5-liter turbocharged hybrid 15FKE engine capable of generating 110 kW of power. Working in tandem is a front-mounted electric motor delivering a maximum power output of 153 kW. This combination allows the D5X to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a brisk 6.9 seconds.

While impressive performance figures are noteworthy, efficiency remains a key selling point. The D5X boasts a pure electric range of 135 km based on the CLTC (China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle) standard. Additionally, the combined range reaches a staggering 1,300 km, making it a compelling choice for longer journeys.

Roewe D5X PHEV

The 15FKE engine incorporates the Miller cycle technology, contributing to a remarkable 43% thermal efficiency. The D5X utilizes a 21.5 kWh battery pack, and during a test on Hainan Island earlier this year, the car achieved a combined range of 1,621 km with an average fuel consumption of just 3.8 liters per 100 km. This real-world performance significantly surpasses the official CLTC fuel consumption figure of 5.257 liters per 100 km. The battery also offers up to 6 kW of external discharge capability, potentially proving useful for powering electronic devices on the go.

With its blend of style, technology, and exceptional fuel efficiency, the Roewe D5X PHEV presents a strong contender in the A+ size class SUV segment, particularly for environmentally conscious drivers seeking a feature-rich and practical driving experience.

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