FAW is all set to launch the new VW inspired wagon in China. The wagon formerly codenamed as CX65 will now be called Jumpal (in English). A production-ready version of the Jumpal wagon had already made its appearance at Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year.
Design-wise the Jumpal wagon is a huge improvement compared to what FAW currently produces. There is an obvious VW influence in styling and why not, FAW does have a joint venture with Volkswagen in China. Apparently the Jumpal is heavily inspired from the VW Cross Lavida Wagon which is made by Volkswagen’s other joint venture in China, the Shanghai VW.
Reportedly there will be a 1.5 liter 122hp naturally aspirated engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 1.0 liter 119hp Turbocharged unit with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT).
FAW is also readying the A50 sedan which underpins the same platform, interior as well as the engines. Both the vehicles are likely to be launched towards the end of this year. Official prices are yet to be announced.