The beginning of the journey of the Eado sedan can be considered April 2010, when, at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, Changan introduced the concept of a European-class car C – Changan С201. In preparation for serial production, the conceptual C201 received the name Eado. At home in the Middle Kingdom, a car has been sold since March 2012, the sedan drove to Russia in 2013.
External overall dimensions of the body are 4620 mm in length, 1820 mm in width, 1490 mm in height. The size of the wheelbase is 2660 mm. The track of the front wheels is 1550 mm, the track of the rear wheels is 1569 mm with standard tires 205/55 R16 mounted on steel or light alloy wheels of radius 16. Ground clearance – 160 mm. The curb weight of the vehicle, depending on the level of equipment, varies from 1275 to 1325 kg, the fuel tank holds 52 liters.
The design of this sedan was developed in the European center of the company European Designing Center Changan, opened in Turin at the end of 2012. So the Italian experts worked on the exterior. Luciano D’Ambrosio is responsible for the design, and Stefano Carminati is in charge of the design department. Eado has a modern and attractive appearance.
A striking feature of the front are fashionable and stylish foglights, a false radiator grille with curved chrome trims that streamline the company logo. Large, slightly elongated headlamps and a wide cut in the air intake give the sedan a austere, concise and serious look. The body got a sloping hood, heavily littered front struts turning into a roof dome, graceful rear struts flowing onto a compact trunk lid, high windowsill windows, large doors, neat radii of wheel arches with stylish stampings. The rear of the Chinese sedan consists of a powerful bumper decorated with longitudinal ribs and stampings, a luggage compartment lid with a large vertical part and parking lights. Separately, it is worth noting the low drag coefficient of Eado – 0.29.
The car’s interior is simple, but tasteful, with two contrasting shades applied in the plastic trim. A convenient steering wheel, instruments in three deep wells with soft bluish illumination, a stylish front panel, the center console is correctly organized, where all the controls are at hand. The car interior is designed for the driver and four passengers. There is enough space for comfortable accommodation in the first and second row. Comfortable seats will please with a reinforced frame and good lateral support. The sound system gives clear and surround sound as a result of a combination of six speakers. The multimedia system allows you to listen to the radio and play mp3 files from disks, flash cards and communicators via USB and AUX. The useful volume of the luggage compartment is 510 liters.
Under the hood is a highly efficient 1.6-liter BlueCore engine capable of delivering 113 horsepower. The motor complies with Euro-4 and is very economical. As a transmission for this car, either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-band automatic transmission is offered. Acceleration dynamics from 0 to 100 km / h in 12.6 (13.5) seconds, top speed 185 (175) km / h. Passport fuel consumption of 5.4 (5.9) liters when driving on the highway, 8.2 (9.4) liters in urban mode and the manufacturer promises only 6.4 (7.2) liters in mixed mode.
The front suspension of the Eado sedan is independent on classic McPherson struts, while the rear suspension is semi-independent with a torsion beam, disc brakes.
In Russia, the Eado is available in four trim levels, from the initial Standard to the rich Elite. The basic equipment includes exclusively manual transmission, air conditioning, power windows on all doors, electric power steering and height adjustment, two front airbags, front fog lights, fabric interior, ABS, EBD and EBA. A richer version of Comfort can be ordered with a mechanic or an automatic machine, and a basic lock with a proprietary alarm, an on-board computer, an audio system (radio, MP3, AUX, USB), alloy wheels R16, an electric drive for rear-view mirrors, and parking sensors are added to the basic equipment. The Luxe version is also available with two types of gearbox and will expand the equipment due to the electric sunroof, heated exterior mirrors, leather trimmed steering wheel and seats, and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The most expensive and richest Elite equipment is offered only with automatic transmission, and an advanced multimedia system with a color touch screen (music, navigation, rear view camera) and side airbags for the driver and front passenger will be added to the equipment of previous versions of the sedan.
At the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2013, the manufacturer introduced a hatchback version of the Eado XT, which received a stylish and sporty design.