At the end of July 2019, sales of the Chinese crossover Dongfeng AX7 (also known as DFM AX7) started in Russia. The model is far from new, as it was the first time it was possible to get acquainted with it in 2019, when the car was among the exhibits of the Moscow Motor Show. After the presentation, the Chinese planned to bring their SUV to our market as soon as possible, but the crisis and the emergence of mandatory certification requirements with the installation of the ERA-GLONASS system did not allow the company to realize its plans. However, now, three years later, the crossover still appeared in the salons of Russian dealers, and soon the company should be made up of a “younger” brother with the AX4 index. The older model came to us with one engine, two types of transmissions and no alternative front drive. The base price of Dong Feng with the level of Comfort equipment was 990 000 rubles. Detailed prices and complete sets DFM AX7 2019-2020, and also photos and technical characteristics of a novelty we will present in the current review.
Platform, dimensions and appearance
Completed in April 2019, the certification of the car did not bring any new strokes in the overall picture, but only documented the long-known facts. In Russia, buyers will be offered an almost complete copy of the Chinese version of the AX7 with all its pluses and minuses. To the positive moments, undoubtedly, we will refer the Dong Feng AH7 sopplatform with the 1st generation Kashkayi Nissan. At the same time, the borrowing of the base did not result in the creation of a clone of the Japanese model – the crossover from Dongfeng Motors has different body dimensions and an original exterior appearance.
Dimensions of five-door SUV from China are the following: length – 4690 mm, width – 1850 mm, height – 1727 mm. The center-to-center distance is 2712 mm, the ground clearance does not exceed 190 mm. Based on the above parameters, the competitors Dongfeng AH7 can be classified as the Nissan X-Trail , Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4 .
Photo by DFM AX7 2019-2020
Inspection of the SUV from the outside reveals a stylish by modern standards body design, performed at the level of the best representatives of the European automotive industry. The nose is formed by large headlights with beautiful garlands of running lights, a nice compact radiator grille with three chrome planks, a solid bumper with neat segments of fog and a modest cutout of the air intake, adorned with charismatic hood ribs.
The forage attracts attention with spectacular LED lights, an impressive tailgate door (provides easy access to the loading area), a filigree bumper with two trapezoidal tailpipes.
The entire lower perimeter of the body of the Dong Feng AK7 is sewn with black plastic, resistant to the impact of gravel emitted from under the wheels. Other mandatory attributes of the crossover exterior are shiny chrome door handles, as well as longitudinal rails and a shark fin aerial on the roof. In wheel arches, the light-alloy disks with a dimension of 17 (tires 225/65 R17) or 18 (rubber 225/60 R18) inches, which are already provided with basic equipment, look great in wheel arches. The range of colors of the body AX7 for Russia includes four shades: black, brown, silver and pearl white.
Salon and configuration architecture
The interior of the DFM AX7, though far from the reference samples, is nevertheless very sound and qualitative. Among the features, we note a well-designed layout of the driver’s seat, a good configuration of the instrument panel with two circular dials and a tripcomputer screen in the center, a successful layout of the screen of the multimedia system and the climate control unit, the convenience of the multifunctional steering wheel. Certain grievances can only be caused by front seats, which are distinguished by muffled lateral support. But passengers of the back row have nothing to complain about – the seats are quite comfortable, and with a reserve of free space in all directions, full order. Do not let down and the trunk, the volume of which varies from 565 to 1572 liters, depending on the layout of the seats.
Interior of the AX7
Standard Comfort package, estimated at 990 000 rubles, includes:
- Halogen headlights;
- LED DRL and taillights;
- Lateral mirrors with the electric drive;
- Electric window regulators “in a circle”;
- Air conditioning;
- Multimedia complex with 7-inch touch screen (Bluetooth, USB, AUX, 6 speakers);
- Brake force stabilization and distribution systems;
- Assistance at the start of the descent and ascent;
- Anti-slip system;
- Monitoring of tire pressure;
- Frontal airbags.
In execution Prestige includes heating of external mirrors, electric “handbrake”, cruise-control, socket on 220 Volt.
The prerogative of completing the Premium are a 3.5-inch color screen in the instrument cluster, leather upholstery of seats, heated front seats, climate control.
|2.0 140 hp / 5MT 2WD||990,000||–||1 099 000||–|
|2.0 140 hp / 6AT 2WD||–||1 149 000||–||1 249 000|
The top version of Luxury is keyless access, automatic folding mirrors, electric driver’s seat adjustment with position memory, a rear-view camera, parking sensors, a sunroof, six airbags. The most expensive Dongfeng AX7 is offered at a price of 1,249,000 rubles.
Specifications of Dongfeng AX7 2019-2020
The Russian specification DFM AX7 assumes the presence of only one power plant – 2.0-liter “atmospheric” of the concern PSA with a return of 140 hp. and 200 Nm. In a pair to it, either a 5-speed “mechanics” or a 6-band “automatic” Aisin is installed. For the modifications with manual transmission the speed limit is limited to 185 km / h, for versions with automatic transmission – 180 km / h. The average fuel consumption is 8.0-8.7 liters, depending on the type of transmission.
Suspension of the Chinese crossover is completely independent with the front pillars of McPherson and the rear double levers. Brakes all four wheels are disc, ventilated. The power steering is electric.