The front wheel drive Chery Cowin is a 4 door sedan sold in China with a 1.5L engine with a single overhead 16 valve camshaft (SOHC-16V). The Chery ACTECO1.5L engine is designed for average performance with a focus on low fuel consumption. The Cowin comes in three trims standard, comfortable and luxury. The design of the Cowin focuses on city driving with the engine and transmission matched for higher low speed torque (140 N.M) and reasonably high maximum power or 80KW/6000 rpm, making the Cowin sluggish on the highway, but good for city driving.
Most of the differences between the trims are minor with the standard trim having a 2 speaker sound system instead of the 4 speakers provided by the comfortable and luxury, mechanical windows, locks and rear view mirror for the standard trim with power controls for the comfortable and luxury trims and steel instead of the alloy rims. There is a large safety feature difference with the different trims. Only the luxury trim has the driver and passenger airbags and the standard does not come with the ABS or EBD brake system.
The Macpherson single-arm struts with dual-acting tube dampers for the front suspension and Semi-independent trailing arm suspension with cylindrical coil spring and dual-acting tube damper for the rear provide an adequately smooth drive with reasonably good handling.
Cowin Safety Features
The Chery Cowin boasts the usual safety features like anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD) which automatically varies the amount of brake force use for each wheel depending on driving conditions, high center mounted brake light and dual STS front airbags protecting both the driver and the front passenger. The Cowin employs front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The front seat belts are 3-point belts with ELR (emergency locking retractors) which lock the seat belt when there is a sudden movement of the belt.
The Cowin also has a full sized spare tire instead of a small temporary use spare.
The Chery Cowins frame is constructed with all metal enclosed cage and side impact beams to provide additional protection in the event of an accident.
Power steering is included with all trim version of the Chery Cowin.
Cowin Sound System
The Standard trim comes with a preset radio with a MP3/USB interface and 2 speakers. The Luxury and Comfortable trims come with a 1 disc CD player with a MP3/USB interface and 4 speakers.
All trims come with air-conditioning. The Luxury and Comfort trims have electric windows and door lock with a central locking system, remote keyless entry and auto closing windows. The seats of all models are fabric trimmed seats and both the driver and front passenger seats are 4 way adjustable.