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The CS15 is Changan’s entry-level crossover

To be launched at MIAS with an SRP of P799,000

The latest model of Changan Philippines is aimed at first-time car buyers. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

When Changan invited us to visit its headquarters in Chongqing, China, we were impressed by the diversity of the brand’s vehicles that are nowhere to be found on our streets. These include the rugged Hunter pickup, the sporty Uni-V sedan, the electrified Deepal and Qiyuan models, and the luxurious Avatr 011.

Yet, among all the cars Changan Philippines could have introduced, it will launch the CS15 at the Manila International Auto Show. You know it’s an entry-level model when the main selling point is its price: P799,000.

So, what do you get for that much?

The CS15 is on the smaller end of the spectrum of subcompact vehicles. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

Measuring 4,135mm long, 1,740mm wide, and 1,630mm high, the CS15 is a subcompact crossover. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 105hp and 145Nm.

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The vehicle rolls on 17-inch wheels with a wheelbase of 2,520mm and a ground clearance of 190mm.

You'll find a 1.5-liter four-banger under the hood. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

The CS15 has no variants locally, so all units come with leather seats, a sunroof, and a seven-inch infotainment system with MirrorLink support for Android and iOS devices.

In addition to parking sensors and a rearview camera, the vehicle has front-side airbags to complement the standard ones for the driver and the front passenger.

The seats are upholstered with leather. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

The CS15 comes with a five-year/150,000km warranty, and will be available in five colors:

  • Flame Red
  • Aurora Blue
  • Blizzard White
  • Cosmic Silver
  • Galaxy Black

You can see the Changan CS15 in the metal at MIAS on April 47 at World Trade Center in Pasay City. Visitors who reserve a unit will receive a P50,000 cash discount and two years of free preventive maintenance service.

Cargo space is plentiful, even with the rear seats up. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

Given all these specs and features, do you think this vehicle is worth its price?

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.