Front End: C+
Good: Big sporty air ducts which mean business
Bad: Your license plate will take away from the duct
Rear End: C+
Good: Evil eyes which flow with the lines
Bad: One over-sized happy face
Good: Contoured body lines
Bad: Same plain windows as everyone else
Overall Appeal: B-
Good: Fast and sexy
Bad: Comes off as a Honda or Kia wannabe
With a final score of 60%, the new BenBen is a major step in the right direction for Changan. Lets hope the rest of the Chinese automakers step up their game and start making models with this much sex appeal. Good job Changan.
AutoLooks Buy List Approved: Yes
Recommended Tuner: Yes
Trend Setter: Yes (in China)
Brand Value: Increase
AutoLooks Stock Value: N/A
2015 Changan BenBen
Another year is upon us and it seems that Changan is still one of the few Chinese automakers who wants to make their models look great. You would think that in a market as big as China's, everyone would be trying to improve their appearance. Of course that is only true if your market demands great looking products. Once more customer start to demand better looking product, then maybe the products will look better. But for Changan, that time is now and they do not want to wait for the people to change their minds.
Up front the BenBen utilizes hard edges and flowing lines to create a fun and sporty looking appearance. This is helped but the large air ducts and partially cut wing on the fog light port hole. The major downside to this is that the grille is all too common. Changan should have gone with only cross bars. Up top the sinister head lights give the appeal that this little car means business.
Out back you may notice some more sinister eyes staring at you as you gaze upon them down the highway. Of course you may only notice them when they are lit, since the over sized happy face bumper line does take away from everything else. It was nice that Changan made all of the lines flow, but in a downward motion, I think not. Now add in the all too curvy back window and you have the makings of a clown face.
Along the side Changan has spent a considerable amount of time, since they wanted some defining lines. These lines create a smooth, yet rugged appeal to them, bringing out the track/aftermarket overall appeal of the car. Now add in some wheel that are unlike another other in the sub-compact world and you have the makings of a perfect sporty sub-compact.
Overall the BenBen is a great little car which utilizes sport and comfort to its design. The only major drawback to its design is that it comes off as either a Honda or Kia when you first see it. Once Changan makes a name for themselves and they may have their own appeal.
Overall Grade = C+
Front End: B
Good: Fast cab-forward design
Bad: Windshield is raked too high
Rear End: B-
Good: Not of this world tail lights
Bad: Five different levels with five different time zones
Good: Use of chrome along window adds luxury appeal
Bad: Hit the snooze on those wheels
Overall Appeal: C+
Good: Sleek and fast little hatch
Bad: All too many curves
With a final score of 60.43%, the new Pulsar is a minor step up the evolutionary ladder. Too bad it lost touch with its back side when getting an overhaul. Maybe next time Nissan will do a perfect job on both sides.
AutoLooks Buy List Approved: Maybe
Recommended Tuner: No
Trend Setter: No
Brand Value: Same
AutoLooks Stock Value: Same
2015 Nissan Pulsar
With a new look on tap for all of the future Nissan models, it was just a matter of time before the Pulsar got a rework. For 2014 Nissan has added the front of the new Pathfinder to their little hatch that could. Of course it could do a lot more if it had more out back to make it stand out from the crowd.
Up front the new Pulsar borrows a lot of what everyone likes about the new Pathfinder. From its head lights to the grille, most of this is the same. Of course all of that cannot be good for a little car. This is true with the front spoiler since it is flat and boring, or what you would expect to find on a CUV.
Out back is where most of the problems with this car are. It may be hard at first to notice that there are five different time zones and five different levels to this rear. With the bumper having two of the time zones with the main bumper and the lower skid guard. Up from that you find the protruding lights, rear window and finally the last time zone, the over sized rear wing. The only good point to this rear are the out of this world tail lights. Nissan has done a great job in creating an new look for lights with the swish style lights.
Along the side you will find one of the only luxury features to this ride. Running below the windows is a fine strip of chrome which creates the illusion of luxury in this little car. This could be the only luxury feature, but it sure is one the best you would find on this car. The biggest issue with the side is the fact that there is an absence of wheel wells. This is a major problem for aftermarket tuners and larger wheels. Bring the wells out and maybe the Pulsar will be a recommended tuner.
Overall the new Pulsar is a decent little hatch if your into a car from two different worlds. With its sleek lines and all too many curves the new Pulsar may just be what Nissan needs to bring people back to its hatch models.
Overall Grade = C+