Two and a half years after entering the Malaysian market, Chery now has four models to offer in its line-up. The latest is the B240 launched today and this is a 7-seater MPV said to have originated from the B14 concept vehicle displayed in Beijing in 2004. Though no mention is made in press information, it is suspected that Lotus and Bertone had some involvement in the B240.
Dimensionally, the B240 can be considered a large MPV by Malaysian standards. Its wheelbase is a spacious 2800 mm ? longer than a Mazda5, about the same as Mitsubishi Grandis and shorter than a Honda Odyssey ? while the overall length of 4662 mm is shorter than the Grandis and Odyssey but longer than the Mazda5. It seems to be on the light side, though, at 1505 kgs which is close to that of the smaller Mazda5 and much lighter than the Grandis and Odyssey.
As with some of its models, the B240 uses a Mitsubishi engine, in this case a 2350 cc 4-cylinder petrol unit designed by the Japanese carmaker. The long-stroke engine is a 16-valver with a SOHC cylinder head and produce 95 kW/129.2 bhp and 198 Nm of torque. Standard transmission is a 4-speed Steptronic which offers manual and automatic changing of gears.
The front-wheel drive B240 is claimed to be able to reach a top speed of 178 km/h and, at 90 km/h, consume fuel at a rate of 11.4 kms/litre (32 mpg) from its 62-litre fuel tank.
Standard safety features include dual front airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes and ABS with EBD. ESP ? the vehicle stability program ? is said to be available at extra cost but presumably, a customer would have to specify it in advance as it is not something which can be installed out of the factory.
Being a newcomer in the market, it?s obvious that Alado, which retails the Chery vehicles, has to offer more features to attract customers who remain sceptical about China-made products. So for RM132,972.20 (including RM3,642.20 insurance premium), the B240 comes with a sunroof, 6-CD audio system, electronic headlamp levelling, automatic climate control and even a pollen filter in the ventilation system. The upholstery for the seats is fabric although Alado would probably offer leather as an option for those who must have it.
PRICES OF OTHER CHERY MODELS
QQ Manual : RM38,229.00
QQR Manual: RM41,307.00
QQ AMT Auto/Manual: R41,307.00
A160 Sedan Manual: RM54,166.00
A160R Sedan Manual: 57,244.00
Tiggo 2.0 SUV: RM80,292.30
NB: Prices include insurance and roadtax