Brabus Builds Chinese Crossover

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German aftermarket stylers get to work on Chinese crossover. 

Chinese brand GWM has commissioned celebrated German aftermarket vehicle specialist, Brabus, to help its new luxury SUV brand gain some credence.

WEY is a sub-brand of GWM and its VV7 GT is the Chinese company’s attempt at a fastback crossover, which is a notable 200 mm shorter than its VV7 SUV sibling.

Built on the same platform as Haval’s H6, which South Africans are familiar with, the VV7 GT has now gained some additional image appeal, thanks to Brabus.

Although the German tuner is best known for its outrageous Mercedes-Benzes, it has applied slightly more subtle tuning to this Chinese joint-venture project.

For the WEY VV7 GT, industrial designers from Brabus have added a few strategically placed exterior styling upgrades.

Wider fenders help to house Brabus-edition 21-inch alloy wheels and give the VV7 GT a more purposeful stance. A remoulded bumper design replaces the factory items at both ends of the Brabus VV7 GT, and around the rear, there is a diffuser – which integrates large diameter exhaust ends.

Inside the WEY VV7 GT, Brabus has not applied its signature leatherwork or defined contrast stitching, leaving the Chinese crossover with its standard trim and finish.

Powering the Brabus VV7 GT is a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, boosting 169 kW and 387 Nm, driving either the front- or all four wheels, depending on specification.

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