Jakarta 2017: Wuling Confero S - Made-in-Indonesia Chinese 8-Seater MPV

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Jakarta 2017: Wuling Confero S - Made-in-Indonesia Chinese 8-Seater MPV

The introduction of the Indonesian-made Wuling Confero S small-MPV has come full circle at the ongoing Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. The Wuling Confero S, which is claimed to accommodate up to 8 occupants, is set to challenge established Japanese models in the Indonesian market – such as the Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia and more recent arrivals such as the Honda BR-V and Mitsubishi Xpander.

Three main variants are offered at the outset – Standard, ‘C’ and ‘L’, priced between IDR 128.8 million (RM41k)  and IDR 165.9 million (RM53k).

The Confero S measures 4,530 mm in length (C and L variants, entry level 4,493 mm) width 1,691 mm and 1,730 mm in height (inclusive roof rails) which is 340 mm longer, 31 mm wider and 35 mm taller than the Toyota Avanza. A wheelbase of 2,720 mm beats the Avanza’s by some 65 mm.

Power is supplied by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with DVVT that produces 107hp at 5,800rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The Confero S is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox which sends power to the rear wheels.

Given its Chinese origins – the Confero S is no pushover when it comes to offering a conclusive suite of comfort features. The entry level Standard variant highlights 2nd and 3rd row USB charging, one-touch tumble third-row seats and even an electric actuated fuel-cap.

The mid-range ‘C’ variant adds on steering wheel controls, rear parking camera, dual-blower air-conditioning, and piano black interior highlights. The range-topping ‘S’ variant adds amenities such as a remote control boot release, dual 8-inch rear infotainment screens, centre armrest, and keyless entry.

Safety kit starts off with just one airbag in the entry-level variant and adds ABS and EBD and two airbags in the ‘C’ and ‘L’ variants respectively.



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