FAW started production of the Jiabao V80 van today at its new factory in the city of Jilin (in the province of the same name). While a member of the Jiabao series, the V80 actually shares a platform with Senya S80, a Chinese version of Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza. FAW claims that 37% of V80’s parts can be directly employed by the Senya model.
Launched at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the V80 sits on a 2700mm wheelbase and is 4205mm long, 1685mm wide, and 1910mm tall. It has a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. On lower trim levels, leaf springs were used for rear suspension, while the more expensive models get the multi-link, independent type.
Currently, only one engine choice is provided, a VCT-i 1.3 liter that can put out up to 65kW of power and 120Nm of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
A long wheelbase variant, the V80L, will be launched at a later stage, to be powered by a 1.5L engine. So will a truck version, called T80.
Targeting both local and overseas consumers, the V80 will be available in both right- and left-hand drive versions. Earlier this month, it made an appearance in Algeria, the largest export market of Chinese cars.
Deliveries of the V80 will begin on April 16. The mini van is expected to sell for 45,000-50,000 Yuan.