Chery Automobile Malaysia has introduced another Eastar MPV variant, this one being known as the XT. Its arrival brings to three the number of seven-seater Eastar versions in the country, the others being the regular ES and upkitted ST, which was introduced a year ago.

No mechanical changes to the running gear – the Eastar continues with the 2.0 ACTECO unit, good for 134 hp at 5,750 rpm and 180 Nm at 4,400 rpm, mated to a four-speed auto transmission.

What’s new on the Eastar XT? Well, new design headlamps, for one, and there are interior upgrades such as leather seats, a six-speaker DVD player/navigation system and LED display screens for rear occupants, these being located behind the driver and passenger seat headrests. Oh, and there’s a reverse camera as well. Safety kit includes ABS, EBD and dual airbags.

The Eastar XT is priced at RM94,040, on-the-road with insurance, which makes it cheaper that the ST when that first arrived (RM96,888 when launched last year). Available exterior colours are Sunbeam Silver, Mystic Black, Brown Silver, Chili Red, Sapphire Silver and Snow White.

At the launch, the company also introduced a five-year or 150,000 km warranty programme, which accompanies any new Eastar purchase.