2008 Chery Eastar | new car review

Posted on Apr 6, 2008 by

The B11 or Eastar (choose whichever name you are comfortable with) is ’s answer to a semi-luxury mid-sized saloon.

It’s 35mm shorter than Toyota’s Camry, with mixed styling and the rear has more than a passing resemblance with Chevrolet’s older Epica or for that matter Mitsubishi’s older Magna.

The company wants the 2008 to be considered as real value for money and hence paid more attention to the interior ambience and equipment levels. The cabin is endowed with wood trim that looks dowdy, 8-way adjustable power leather seats, three LCD screens for DVD and sunroof. Keyless entry is also available as are alloy wheels. The wing mirrors incorporating turn indicators give the B11 an upmarket look. An ABS system, four SRS airbags and reverse radar are also standard fitment.

Engine is an in-line four-cylinder 16 valves DOHC 2-litre that uses electronic multipoint injection. The engine produces 127hp and 180Nm of torque and is transversely mounted in the engine bay with drive directed to the
front wheels through a four-speed automatic gearbox. A 2.4-litre engine is also offered. This unit develops 130 horsepower and 198 Nm of torque. Both powerplants can be asked for with manual or automatic gearboxes.

Chery is trying hard to make its mark in overseas markets like the Middle East and while it is still early days, they do seem to be going about their objectives in a silent, nondescript manner. The B11 does not look out of place
amongst a myriad of similar-sized competitors and is quite competitively priced, being a good option for fleet owners.

Technical Specifications
Engine2.0-litre 4-Cyl2.4-litre 4-Cyl
Power127bhp130bhp
Torque180Nm198Nm
TransmissionManual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 47500 – upto 70000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

 

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