Another Chinese carmaker makes an assault on the Southeast Asia market, and this time it’s Dongfeng. Under the Dongfeng Sokon (DFSK) brand, the company has introduced the Glory 580, a seven-seater SUV that looks to take on the ultra-successful Honda BR-V.

Previewed at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) in April, the new model is priced between 245.9 million (RM68,800) and 308 million rupiah (RM86,200). That makes it slightly more expensive than the BR-V as well as the Toyota Rush and Daihatsu Terios twins, all of which top out between RM70,000 and RM80,000. It is locally assembled (CKD) in Serang with plans for export, AutonetMagz reported.

For that, you get an inoffensively styled vehicle with hints of the Honda HR-V at the front and the Audi Q5 at the rear (especially the wraparound tailgate with integrated tail lights), as well as a clean, sober interior that is reminiscent of many Volkswagen’s products. It’s a unibody SUV with MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear setup, making it a closer competitor to the BR-V than the Rush or Terios.

Power comes from either a 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine making 139 PS and 187 Nm of torque, or a 1.5 litre turbo mill producing 150 PS and 220 Nm. There’s a standard six-speed manual transmission and a CVT option for both, and drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels.

Standard kit includes LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, front and rear fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, leather upholstery, single-zone automatic climate control with a rear blower, an electronic parking brake, a navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a reverse camera, a video recorder (i.e. dash cam) and, curiously, a sunroof.

The 1.5 turbo models add two-tone alloys, a black-and-brown two-tone interior, keyless entry, push-button start, six-way driver’s seat adjustment (still manual, mind), an auto up/down function for all windows with anti-pinch, heated door mirrors, a larger 10-inch touchscreen and third-row curtains. The CVT version also receives cruise control.

Safety-wise, all models get dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, front seat belt reminders and ISOFIX second-row child seat anchors. The turbo models gain front side airbags (making it four airbags in total) as well as a tyre pressure monitoring system.