Yema, the current owner of the long-lived Maestro/Montego platform and tooling in China, has released its third SUV model, the F12. It’s a facelift of a facelift of a facelift, and features body styling redolent of the early 2000s Subaru Forester, with a new nose that’s clearly inspired by the Kia Sportage. Currently, only one 1.5 MT version is available, selling for 58,800 Yuan (£5950), which compares interestingly with the soon to be launched (in the UK) Dacia Duster.
All of the three Yema SUVs, the other two being the F10 and F99, share a platform and a 2515mm wheelbase. The 1.5-litre develops 95bhp and 95lb ft, and is produced by the Sichuan Automobile Industry Group Corporation, which oversees the Yema brand, with Toyota technology. Standard equipment includes manual air conditioning, parking radar, ABS/EBD, and power windows and central locking.
And all closely based on the Maestro. Remarkable.
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