An interesting Chinese article about why the GS (known in China as the Rui Teng which is somehow translated as Maxplan) has been facelifted so soon after release plus the choices made to why the new bumpers look like the way that they do.
It's a copy and paste from the Google translation so the grammar is a bit off.
SAIC re-found their new real Teng real shot experience
At 00:32 on December 20, 2016
In early 2015, SAIC MG Maxplan officially listed this to "8 seconds Pobai" as a keyword urban SUV has become a very famous popular models. Fleeting twenty months, during which more joint venture brands, Chinese brand SUV car after another emerged, many of them more than Maxplan comprehensive stronger opponents, Maxplan light longer, some even lost their direction. Thinking and change, new Maxplan a timely, SAIC passenger car design director Shao Jingfeng Turning Maxplan changes when admitted to optimize a car designed from the ground than the more difficult. Today, let us look at the new Maxplan how to re- discover themselves, find their own motion in mind.
With the domestic SUV market gradually broken down, emphasis on road performance of a compact SUV has become a popular choice in this market segment, but strong dynamic performance often means higher prices, for consumers, not so natural acceptance High. SAIC From this perspective, hoping to build a bias road performance, price and close to the people enough for the average consumer SUV models. Design Director at SAIC Shao Jingfeng eyes, Maxplan since the date of birth is different route to go, it has the same level of the more outstanding performance, but also has good color value and a higher price.
But Rui Teng advantage of this performance in a growing number of high cost Chinese brand SUV under the impact of gradually being drowned out. Chinese consumers purchase link priority is still to spend less money to buy more configuration, therefore, Maxplan by timing facelift, the focus in the cost under the martial arts. However, Rui Teng sports personality can not be lost, and the need to highlight, which is also Shao Jingfeng optimization Maxplan car's exterior design when the major work done.
Introduced at the beginning of the new car, Shao Jingfeng raised two key concepts - "Inheritance" and "evolution" of Maxplan upgrade is not to overthrow the past, but a find their own process. For example, the front part of the old section Maxplan on the grill too narrow lower grille size is too large, not very coordinated visual proportions, the new Maxplan targeted into the design process more public aesthetic preference, In front of the car has also become more balanced.
New Maxplan low to high before the high waist design, coupled with both sides of the front and rear bumper air knife decorative trim, creating a subduction gesture, also felt a sense of performance. In explaining the design process, the new Shao Jingfeng Maxplan styling and an eager, leaned pediment echoes the shape of a bull formed on.
New Maxplan still using two sizes and styles of wheels, 1.5T and 2.0T models top models use the 18 inches double five-spoke wheels and color specifications for the 235/50 R18 Michelin tires, and the remaining five models 17 Inch monochrome alloy wheels, tire size 215 / 60R17.18 inch wheel design sense of stronger, visual effect was stronger than the 17-inch wheels.
In addition to the obvious design improvements, the new Maxplan on the external configuration is also slightly optimal adjustment, the LED daytime running lights which previously appeared only on the higher allocation of four models, and now for the whole system comes standard, along with canceled the is the front fog lamps . In addition, the electric heating function electrically adjustable exterior mirrors and parking radar function is also spread to all models.
After redefining the design direction, the new Maxplan more emphasis on luxury and comfort to create the atmosphere of the interior, which was in line with the demands of the people to a car. In the control area, the new Maxplan use more soft material covered, and uses double stitching process, so that the visual and tactile have a good experience.
In addition to material changes, the center console design has also made a more substantial improvement, and to provide amber brown and knight black two styles to choose from. Irregular air conditioning vents on either side of the center console into a sporty highlights the circular outlet, flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel in addition to a minimum of two distribution models are equipped with an outer, top models are joined shift paddles.
From New Maxplan internal configuration of view, the overall staffing levels compared with the old models and not a qualitative leap, and support for Apple's new CarPlay Baidu CarLife functional multimedia system for the young consumers, be a highlight.
Power systems, the new Maxplan no change in the power system, still for the 1.5T and 2.0T two engines , both of maximum power respectively 169 and 220 horsepower and peak torque of 250 Nm and 350 Nm . Timely four-wheel drive system is still only 2.0T only top models, the new car also Maxplan only equipped with shift paddles models.
New Maxplan Reloaded, and fellow brothers, "the world's first mass-produced Internet the SUV " Roewe RX5 compared to a little less then a topic of conversation, even with the past "eight seconds Pobai" himself is no longer so young compared to gas Sheng. However, the new Maxplan been tempered by time, more of a calm, know better their performance advantages, but also understand how to show real strength give consumers more Rongyijieshou. Overhaul of external and connotation, advancing with the configuration, and the price more affinity, the new Maxplan combines these qualities once again starting to accept the market test. (Text / / photo qichezhijia Chenjia Xu Ze stone)