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Lifan Murman — Russian version of “Chinese”

Tested on the coast of lake Baikal adapted to our conditions version of the sedan Lifan 820, named Murman.

The presentation was held in Listvyanka, the Angara, opposite the station of Circum-Baikal railway. Chinese tourists here than locals. Some Russian names are submitted. On lake Baikal in General, the same picture.The presentation was held in Listvyanka, the Angara, opposite the station of Circum-Baikal railway. Chinese tourists here than locals. Some Russian names are submitted. On lake Baikal in General, the same picture.

Reason: the first Russian test-drive of Chinese Lifan sedan Murman.

The scene: the neighborhood of lake Baikal.

Impressions: the car, known in China since 2013 under the name Lifan 820, renamed Murman specially for Russia. At the Moscow motor show it was shown back in 2014, promising to bring to our market in early 2017. Bit of a long drive.

With this title I would have spent the first Russian test drive in Murmansk. Letanovce took us, the journalists, Baikal is the place where you want to think only about good things. In Irkutsk is the easternmost Russian dealer of “Lifan”.

The radiator grille is reminiscent of the modern style a little Hyundai and Ford, headlights — Audi (taillights, which you can’t see, — BMW), as bumper — typical Volkswagen. With this mixture of styles was good on the car.The radiator grille is reminiscent of the modern style a little Hyundai and Ford, headlights — Audi (taillights, which you can’t see, — BMW), as bumper — typical Volkswagen. With this mixture of styles was good on the car.

But the cars for our test brought the truck straight from the factory “Derways” in Cherkessk, by failing to ensure that crews of any documents or numbers. So you have to move in convoy with the escort vehicles. Any attempt to deviate from the schedule and the route stopped. Going from Listvyanka to Olkhon island (300 km), overnight there and return to Irkutsk on the airplane (another 250 miles).

The roads in Irkutsk region good only in places. It turns out that Moorman suspension (front — McPherson, rear — mnogoryichazhka) copes with irregularities while in the salon two. But under load (four people with suitcases) vertical fluctuations can be quite significant — for a long drive in this mode, someone will appear seasick. The car “floats” with the trajectory. Sports precise steering control with hydraulic booster can not speak, “zero” spread.

First sight this interior is despondent — he is archaic and uncomfortable, besides claiming to be the most expensive. But surprisingly, after a time get along with him.First sight this interior is despondent — he is archaic and uncomfortable, besides claiming to be the most expensive. But surprisingly, after a time get along with him.
The trunk lid is opened with key or button from the saloon.The trunk lid is opened with key or button from the saloon. I don’t understand why the button ERA-GLONASS posted this in the wrong place. Here is the second miscalculation of designers — the 12-volt outlet, AUX and USB connectors hiding in the deep recess for a lifting door. It is impossible to see and even to feel not just.I don’t understand why the button ERA-GLONASS posted this in the wrong place. Here is the second miscalculation of designers — the 12-volt outlet, AUX and USB connectors hiding in the deep recess for a lifting door. It is impossible to see and even to feel not just. The car is equipped with Keyless entry system. Locks open when you pull the driver door handle, the trunk button on the key FOB or above the license plate, the engine starts with the button.The car is equipped with Keyless entry system. Locks open when you pull the driver door handle, the trunk button on the key FOB or above the license plate, the engine starts with the button.

That though as-that to accelerate, you have to wait. Under the hood works 1.8 petrol engine developing 128 HP (Chinese version somehow, 133 HP). Couple he is 5-speed manual transmission. Such a tandem car accelerates to a hundred in about 16 seconds. Especially hard are the climbs, which abound in local roads. Periodically turn on the third and do not remove hand from gear lever, if necessary, to switch even lower. Well, this motor can be fed 92-m gasoline.

Claimed fuel consumption in mixed mode is 8 liters per 100 km during the test it came out more than 9 liters, but we went smoothly. By the way, the Chinese have for this model there are still two engines, a 2.0 turbo and 2.4 atmospheric. They say that if our customers wish, the latter paired with a CVT will be supplied to Russia.

The front seats seemed pretty comfortable, although the pillows can be called a bit short. In the driver’s seat even has a lumbar adjustment stops. The armrest slides underneath a convenient box.The front seats seemed pretty comfortable, although the pillows can be called a bit short. In the driver’s seat even has a lumbar adjustment stops. The armrest slides underneath a convenient box. In the back seat I easily got the “out for myself”. For two rear seat enough. The third will be not enough cabin width and interfere strongly advocating the console between the front seats.In the back seat I easily got the “out for myself”. For two rear seat enough. The third will be not enough cabin width and interfere strongly advocating the console between the front seats.
The back of the sofa, not leaning back, but there is a hatch for long-length and wide armrest with double Cup holder lid. Convenient.The back of the sofa, not leaning back, but there is a hatch for long-length and wide armrest with double Cup holder lid. Convenient.

Well, that clearance for us increased from 121 to 145 mm. It helped safely down to the water near the ferry on the dirt road and then back on the road.

To visibility and noise complaints. I don’t like quite old-fashioned in appearance, the interior with frankly fake accents with dark wood and leatherette upholstery, a quilted diamond. Opening the trunk, too, could be more. The volume of the compartment like a good idea — 510 l, but the hinges of the trunk eat up a lot of useful space.

While Lifan Murman produce at the “Derways” with only one engine, a 1.8 128 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) and torque of 162 Nm (at 4200-4400 rpm). If the buyers would desire, begin to bring the 2.4 with the CVT.While Lifan Murman produce at the “Derways” with only one engine, a 1.8 128 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) and torque of 162 Nm (at 4200-4400 rpm). If the buyers would desire, begin to bring the 2.4 with the CVT. In addition to increased from 121 to 145 mm ground clearance, the car received a battery with a capacity of 65 Ah. Front seats — with two-stage heating.In addition to increased from 121 to 145 mm ground clearance, the car received a battery with a capacity of 65 Ah. Front seats — with two-stage heating.

I don’t understand why the AUX and USB connectors need to hide in a niche that is hard to read. And really not found another place to call button the system operator ERA-GLONASS? It is exactly where it is easy to accidentally press.

During the test one of the cars in the convoy off the air conditioning, the second lost power, and my altogether failed — and allegedly due to lack of fuel although the tank was filled. Then I was told that the problem is in the connector of the fuel system under the seat was poorly connected. If so collectors need to pay attention to the quality of the products. And customers — in any case not to refuse connection to the round the clock service Assistance Lifan (sorry, it’s free only the first year). Another service, Lifan Connect, allows you to get 50% discount on the hull.

The rear bumper is quite high, with the opening of the trunk laterally “clipped” the rear lights. Shipping large heavy bags will be problematic.The rear bumper is quite high, with the opening of the trunk laterally “clipped” the rear lights. Shipping large heavy bags will be problematic. Under the floor — full-sized 16-inch spare wheel, tool kit and Jack, all in separate foam canisters.Under the floor — full-sized 16-inch spare wheel, tool kit and Jack, all in separate foam canisters.

The emphasis in the model name is on the first syllable. Whether to remember the correct pronunciation? Don’t know myself. I forced myself — and suddenly and the truth will be at the hearing?The emphasis in the model name is on the first syllable. Whether to remember the correct pronunciation? Don’t know myself. I forced myself — and suddenly and the truth will be at the hearing?

Configuration Murman is the only thing worth 949 900 rubles. Later version will appear a little more expensive, entertainment system, rear view camera, electric seats.

Murman is overgrown with a D-class with a length of 4865 mm Wheelbase 2775 mm, the same as the Honda Accord, Nissan Teana and Toyota Camry, allowing you to fantasize on the theme of the competition — although it makes a skeptical smile. Actually the Murman compete with the Geely Emgrand GT, Changan Raeton, A9 Dongfeng, Chery Arrizo 7, and BYD F7. However, letanovce sincerely believe that their child is a match for such cars as the Kia Optima, Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6.

Rating: Murman might be interested in the taxi service or small business parks. Looks good, rides quite soft, spacious. And costs less than competitors. But before buying, you need to weigh the pros and cons.

Early in the morning. A number of cars waiting for a test that will begin at noon.Early in the morning. A number of cars waiting for a test that will begin at noon.

Prospects: until the end of the year letanovce going to sell 500 Kurmanov, then — as much as take the market. But on a particularly large sale don’t expect really 5-7% of the total volume of the brand in Russia. Murman more image model.

Details: ZR, 2017, No. 9

Lifan Murman — Russian version of “Chinese”

Photo: Ilya Pimenov and Lifan

Lifan Murman — Russian version of “Chinese”Photo: Ilya Pimenov “Behind the wheel”

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