Changan has launched the Alsvin subcompact sedan in Philippines as one of the cheapest vehicles available in the segment aimed primarily towards the first time car buyers.
The Alsvin for Philippines comes available in three variants, with 2 engine & 2 transmission options. The Base variant gets a 1.4L engine and is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission priced at P579,000 (PKR 19.2 lac). Then there is a 1.5L version with wet-clutch DCT gearbox priced at P639,000 (PKR 21.2 lac) whereas the flagship 1.5L DCT Platinum version is priced at P679,000 (PKR 22.52 lac).
Changan Alsvin in Philippines
However Changan is offering a special P40,000 introductory discount across the range, which makes prices even more affordable. The introductory price for 1.4L MT base variant is P539,000 (PKR 17.88 lac), the 1.5L DCT is P599,000 (PKR 19.87 lac) whereas the 1.5L DCT Platinum retails for P639,000 (PKR 21.2 lac).
But lower prices aren’t meant to be a compromise on safety, features or equipment. On the outside, the Alsvin gets Projector headlights (with LED DRLs on the Platinum version), side mirrors with integrated indicators, and alloy wheels as standard. Inside there is a very impressive looking dashboard design having a floating 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, speedometer with MID & multi-function flat-bottomed steering wheel as standard. The top-of-the-line Platinum variant is further differentiated by its height adjustable driver’s seat, additional speakers (four from two), leather seats, and a sunroof.
Changan Alsvin interior
In terms of safety, Changan Alsvin in Philippines comes equipped with dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, reversing camera, and tire pressure monitoring system as standard. The 1.5L DCT adds Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Hill Hold Control and reverse parking sensors. The flagship Platinum also gets a Blind Spot View camera.
Under the hood, the base manual variant comes with a 1.4L engine producing 100hp and 135Nm. The 1.5L engine found in up-spec variants delivers 107hp of power and 145Nm of torque.
Master Motors, the venture partner of Changan in Pakistan is on the verge of introducing the Alsvin sedan in Pakistan that will take on the likes of Toyota Yaris and Honda City as well as the upcoming Proton Saga & BAIC D20 sedans. Although the company has been tight-lipped about releasing any information about the car but according to sources, the base variant of Alsvin may battle with base variants of Saga and D20 to be called as the cheapest sedan in Pakistan.
As per information the Changan Alsvin will be better equipped than the competition and its higher variants will be priced competitively too. We will have to wait to see if the prices are as catchy as those in Philippines and whether the locally offered Alsvin will also come available in two engines or not. However if prices & specs are kept similar for Pakistani market, the Alsvin holds a strong chance to create real problems for its rivals.
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