In the majority of market regions, the duration of a fresh model is approximately 6 to 8 years, with a facelift planned somewhere in the center. China, in contrast, is not your common auto market; or at least it was not for quite a long time.
That’s why the Volkswagen Santana, which was based on the 2nd generation of the Passat, nicknamed B2, and was rolled out in China during the year 1982, persisted for around thirty years.
During the said phase, it sold almost four million vehicle units that turned it one of the most popular vehicles in the nation.
Now, but, the time has come for it to be substituted- and it’s not a moment too soon as the competition in the globe’s largest automobile market is tightening up.
The completely new Santana, which will be constructed in the Chinese market at Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, entered the world on Monday night at VW’s Wolfsburg facility in Germany where the first generation was formulated.
Its box-shaped framework may not bag any honors but it contains a few of the brand’s design essentials including the plain forepart with the typical fencing.
More prominently, the Santana’s 2,603 millimeter long wheelbase provides added knee room for back passengers and a wider 480-liter boot.
Additionally, it boasts a fresh internal and security as well as comfort traits like frontage, side and head airbags, electronic stability control, air conditioning or weather control, leather covering, an electric sunroof, parking sensing elements and alloy wheels.
In the Chinese market, the Santana will be launched in three edition tagged Highline, Comfortline and Trendline with an option of two petrol engines.