It doesn't always have to be an SUV: the DFSK Forthing 4 U Tour, a seven-seater van with a petrol engine, comes to us from China for 31,000 euros.
A new van with seven seats is coming from China, which as a cheap SUV alternative should appeal to families in particular. After the phasing out of the Ford S-Max and Galaxy as well as the group brothers Seat Alhambra and VW Sharan, the seven-seater segment has thinned out badly.
Seven-seater without sliding doors
The DFSK Forthing 4 U Tour, as it is called, is 4.85 meters long and suitable for carports and standard garages. It is 1.90 meters wide and 1.72 meters high. He does without sliding doors, but wants to score points with a lot of variability with a third row of seats that can be lowered into the floor and two electrically adjustable individual seats in the rear.
A wide center console separates the driver and front passenger. Both face a cockpit with large displays, wood-look decor and round air vents. The furniture in the first row is electrically adjustable. You can also sweeten your stay on board here and in the individual seats in the rear with seat heating and ventilation. Panorama glass roof, automatic air conditioning and artificial leather covers should be part of the standard equipment.
Manufacturer Dongfeng Motors also wants to be up to date with the Forthing 4 U Tour when it comes to driving assistance. The list includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and a Park Assist. There is also a high-beam assistant and a 360-degree all-round view composed of several camera images.
Mitsubishi engine with 197 hp
Under the hood is Mitsubishi know-how in the form of a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine. Its power is given as 145 kW /197 hp. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission manages up to 285 Newton meters of torque, which is available from 1,500 rpm.
The German DFSK importer Indimo Automotive plans to sell the van from spring 2023 at a price of 30,995 euros. A new vehicle guarantee for a period of three years from first registration is part of the package.
In view of the price of 30,995 euros, the format, data and equipment promise a real bargain. It will be exciting to see how the new van from China called DFSK Forthing 4 U Tour will drive.