Brilliance FRV - hatchback golf class. This model was first demonstrated as a concept car at the Shanghai Auto Show in 2007, where it won the Best New Development award, and at the Beijing International Auto Show in April 2008, the company presented a production model released on a new production line in Shenyang.
The car was designed by its own scientific and technical center of the brand Brilliance. However, the FRV design was developed by the famous Italian studio Giugiaro, and it should be noted that the Chinese hatchback looks quite harmonious and modern. Moreover, the Italian stylists have received a special task: since Brilliance manufactures a BMW of the 3rd and 5th series under the license of the Shenyang plant, there must be something from BMW in the shape of their hatchback. The Italians coped with the task perfectly. Sharp-angled headlight lenses, two nostrils, albeit modestly, unobtrusively expressed, on the radiator grille, crowning the V-shaped shield, high waistline, swollen wheel arches - the Bavarians do not copy any FRV design element, but unequivocal affinity is definitely present.
To teach Brilliance FRV to the correct driving style, engineers were invited not from anywhere, but from Porsche. They worked on the suspension and their fee worked out: the hatchback is regularly listening to the steering wheel and in bends gently heels. FRV front suspension is a classic McPherson, the rear is a semi-dependent elastic beam. All brake mechanisms - disc.
Pleasant hatchback interior design is functional and has a sporty touch. Devices with oblique figures are sunk into deep wells. Looks nice three-spoke steering wheel with two black and shiny, like trim the center console, lining. For functionality and practicality are not easily soiled dark gray plastic upholstery and spacious door pockets.
For baggage a lot of space. A pair of large suitcases behind the back of the FRV sofa will fit exactly. The volume of the cargo compartment can be significantly increased by folding the back of the back of the sofa.
Brilliance FRV is equipped with one of two economical 16-valve engines: 1.3-liter capacity of 85 hp or 1.6-liter power 107 hp The first power unit is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and the second engine can be aggregated with both the “mechanics” and the 4-speed “automatic”. Depending on the type of engine and transmission, the minimum fuel consumption ranges from 6.5 to 7.7 liters per 100 km.
Road safety is provided by the standard anti-lock braking system with brake force distribution (ABS + EBD), seat belts with pretensioners, front and side airbags, as well as programmed deformation zones and reinforcement elements in the body structure.
The car is offered in three trim levels. In the basic "Comfort" there are a couple of airbags, ABS, front electric windows, central locking, air conditioning and a CD radio. Options "Lux" richer for fog lights, rear electric windows, remote control central locking, climate control, electric sunroof, driver's seat with adjustable height cushions and lumbar support, velor upholstery, MP3-format radio, rear window cleaner and eyeglasses. In addition, in this configuration, as in the "Comfort", you can choose any of the two engines. A Premium is exclusively equipped with a 1.6-liter engine, an automatic transmission, side airbags, an immobilizer, leather interior and a steering wheel with radio control buttons tinted with rear windows.
This cute, roomy, comfortable and fairly well-assembled Chinese hatchback can be considered a worthy representative of the budget segment of cars.