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China automaker Hawtai shows off updated B35 SUV

By PetrolHead on 10 Apr 2012

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The first time we saw the Hawtai B35 SUV was two years ago which looked like a nip/tuck job between Bentley and Porsche. Now the SUV is back at the upcoming Auto China Show in Beijing later this month.

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The facelift brings about some cosmetic changes, where the Bentley-inspired front grille replaced with a grille similar to the latest Jaguar XJ saloon. So it is still a nip/tuck job, just a different face this time.

The Porsche knockoff is offered in China with a choice of two powerplants, a 1.8-litre turbocharged with a 164hp output and a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre with 150hp. Both engines have either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic for transmission and an optional four-wheel drive system.
The interior looks decent though nothing new. You find bland leather with imitation wood, six airbags, navigation, parking sensors, heated seats, and an electric sunroof.

Some questions about the car though. If the SUV is made in China for the China market, and in promotional shots you see the car's name written in Chinese at the number plate area, yet inside in the cabin everything is written in English.

Also there is a random button with the word W just below the gear lever, it is the only button available out of six and no idea what function it serves. Lastly what was the point of hiring Caucasian models to promote this vehicle?

Nonetheless, it actually looks better than the real Bentley SUV. The B35 is priced in China from 123,700 Yuan, which is equal to S$24,700 at the current exchange rates excluding taxes.

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Jerrcik Apr 10 2012 07:06 PM
If it comes to Singapore, i will definitely get it. Please allow these models to come in.....please please....
ER-3682 Apr 10 2012 07:18 PM
"W" is stand for Winter....something like traction control.
Lwh Apr 10 2012 08:11 PM
It looks cheap... No seriously bringing this in with all taxes plus COE is way too expensive for a china car. And what is with that hideous gear stick with plastic P,R,N,D cover with fake printed wood!
Jetabout777 Apr 10 2012 09:27 PM
fake printed wood is also available on regular japanese cars! if the chinese are shot for this, the japanese should too.
Proton_neutron Apr 11 2012 06:33 AM
It looks way better than the Porsche Cayenne for crying out loud!! They should put in a 1.6Turbo engine instead, then sell here. =D

Interior color also copy Porsche. Haha. But looks like a better cabin to be in compared to the real deal.

For $24k, I'll take it anytime.
Pocus Apr 11 2012 11:20 AM
The SUV looks very top heavy and narrow stances....could be unstable....I reckon it should have come with wider sized tires/rims to balance it..
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