SEM DX3 — It is not a secret that Guangzhou Motor Show is always exciting because we often spot some carbon copy of European cars that will be sold exclusively for the Chinese market. But this year is different. There are plenty of innovative models being displayed in the show, and one of them is SEM DX3.
Pininfarina designs this car, and it is the production version of a concept that was revealed two years ago in the same show. Pininfarina has worked together with South East Motor since 2012. But, DX3 is only their second major project with the Chinese automaker. The Italian design house first big project with South East Motor is DX7, the larger brother of DX3, which was launched to the market a year ago.
SEM DX3 Specifications
Exterior, Interior Design
Pininfarina knows exactly how to design a car that appeals to the Chinese customer. We can see the result from DX7 SUV that reaches 100,000 unit monthly sales. In fact, DX7 and SEM DX3 are just the beginning for Pininfarina. Now the iconic design house has conquered more than 30% of car design jobs in China. And, in the future, Chinese customers will see more of Pininfarina’s design creations. New SEM DX3 has pretty much the same design with DX7. But, the new car is smaller. We can see the uncanny similarity in the sculptural body shape, distinctive front grille with sharp front headlights and also the Mercedes-Benz inspired air vents.
Furthermore, that design cues is accentuated with some artistic styling inspired by Chinese calligraphy that combines grace and sportiness. The sporty and vigorous visual is necessary to make this compact SUV more appealing to younger audiences. And even with a lot of Chinese artistic concept in the design, it is still very obvious that DX3 has strong Italian touch and it is different with other SUVs in Chinese market nowadays.
Inside, the most noteworthy features in this 5-seater compact SUV include large boot space, two-tone seat upholstery, and large screen infotainment system.
Engine — SEM DX3 SUV
Unlike DX7 that comes with two engine options—1.5 L and 2.0 L, New DX3 car only gets one. It is a 1.5 L 4-cylinder turbo engine from Mitsubishi. This engine produces somewhere around 110 kW and 210 Nm. And, it is paired to either 6-speed manual transmission or CVT gearbox.
SEM DX3 Price and Release Date
SEM DX3 car is ready to hit Chinese market. But, South East Motor has not confirmed when the exact time is. So, if you are interested in purchasing this car, make sure you keep yourself updated because it will come to the dealerships very soon.
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