Changan could reportedly be gearing up to launch the Oshan X5 in Thailand. The subcompact crossover would rival other nameplates in the segment, including the Honda HR-V and MG ZS.
Oshan is the upmarket sub-brand of Changan, a Chinese automaker currently making waves in the Asian region. The Oshan X5 is a premium-looking SUV that debuted in July 2021 at the Chengdu Motor Show in China.
Reports from Thailand have indicated that the Oshan X5 has been spotted in the country, presumably for testing purposes. While its Thai release could be imminent, the Changan Oshan X5 has been on sale in China since November 2020.
The premium crossover is based on Changan's MPA platform. It features a 1.5-liter turbocharged Blue Whale NE engine capable of 180 hp and 300 Nm of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is the sole transmission option.
Changan's latest premium crossover could be appealing to many due to its sharp and aggressive design. The front fascia features a massive grille and intricate fog light housing on each side. The slim-design LED headlamps with DRLs add to the front's premium look.
Changan also equipped the Oshan X5 with fancy-looking multi-spoke alloy wheels. Over to the rear, the design is a bit more muted than the front. There's an integrated spoiler and a faux twin-exhaust setup, helping add some sportiness to the vehicle.
The Changan Oshan X5 has a starting price of 69,900 Yuan (about P550,000) in China. With the crossover possibly releasing in Thailand, could the Philippines be next in line? There's no word yet from the automaker, but it wouldn't be impossible.
Changan entered the Philippine market in 2020, and it would need to be aggressive with its model offerings to stay competitive with established and emerging brands. Launching the Oshan X5 would certainly seem like a good step in that direction.