On September 25th, 2020, Regal Motors convened a ceremony, celebrating the introduction of the first-ever locally-assembled DFSK Glory 580 crossover SUV and the K01S Mini Truck.
Up till now, the Glory 580 had been offered in the Pakistani market as an imported Complete Built-up Unit (CBU) but going forward, this car will arrive in Pakistan in a Complete Knock Down (CKD) form and will be assembled locally. The company is already assembling the 800cc Prince Pearl locally.
The ceremony took place at DFSK’s production plant on Multan Road, Lahore. The guests of honor on that occasion were Ehsan Saya, Managing Director Daraz Pakistan, and Tom Liu, Head of Sales DFSK South Asia Region.
The Glory 580 is a crossover SUV that doesn’t have any direct competitors in the market per se, but given the crossover market has emerged quite a bit over the past few years, there are a few vehicles, namely, the Kia Sportage, the Hyundai Tucson, the Honda BR-V, the Toyota Rush and even the Suzuki Vitara that can be considered as the competitors to the Chinese crossover.
And judging by the spec-sheet, the Glory 580 has come prepared to give its competitors a run for their money. The Glory 580 comes with 2 engine options. One of them is a 1.5 Liter turbocharged 4 cylinder petrol engine that makes 147 horsepower at 2000 RPM and 220 Newton/Meters of torque at 4000 RPM.
The other one is a naturally aspirated 1.8 liter 4 cylinder petrol engine that makes 130 horsepower at 3400 RPM and 187 Newton/Meters of torque at 1800 RPM. The 1.5 variety can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 6 speed CVT automatic gearbox, depending on the variant, whereas the 1.8 can only be had with a 6 speed CVT gearbox. It must be noted though that all the variants are Front Wheel Drive (FWD) only.
In terms of convenience and safety features, the Glory 580 is loaded with equipment such as parking sensors, a backup camera, automatic headlights with DRLs, ABS with EBD technology, hill start assist, hill descent control, electronic stability control, electronic parking brake, traction control, power tailgate, smart infotainment system, 4 airbags, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry & go, Dual Zone air vents among other features.
Though it is pertinent to mention that a lot of the aforementioned features are exclusive to the top variant of the vehicle i.e. the Glory 580 Pro, which is priced at Rs. 4.4 million. Though if you were to look at it in comparison with the market, this SUV is priced similar to the Kia Sportage Alpha, which is a base car that also doesn’t some of the aforesaid features.
Plus, the Glory 580 also has 3-row seating, which the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson don’t have. Some would argue that you can get the 3-row seating in the Honda BR-V as well for a much smaller price tag, but it is important to note that the Glory 580 also offers a lot more comfort and safety, which the BR-V doesn’t.
The only drawback of the Glory 580 is that it is an SUV, yet it is only available with a FWD drivetrain, so the Sportage and the Tucson score a win in that regard, but of course with a much bigger price tag.