• Apr 23, 2010
Englon TXN – Click above for high-res image gallery

As promised, Geely brought its Englon TXN to this year's Beijing Motor Show. In the flesh, the intended successor to London's black cab throne looks more than capable of hauling drunken tourists from place to place. The car appears to have stuck pretty close to the renderings we saw earlier this month, though we have to say the exterior looks quite a bit better under the show lights than it did photoshopped among England's various landmarks.

The company also displayed its TX4 – a more spacious version also built just for taxi duty. Both cars are motivated by either a 2.4-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox or a 2.5-liter diesel powerplant that can be had with a five-speed manual transmission. So far Geely hasn't released any power numbers.

We do know that the cars will command a price tag that should fall in the $30,500 range at current exchange rates – not exactly cheap by anyone's standards. Will British taxi companies will be willing to give up their old rides for these new, Chinese-built examples? Hard telling, but at least they look the part.




Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How is this "aping" Autoblog? While I agree that aping is common practice in China,TX4 IS the London cab (modified chinese version).Geely owns a stake in Manganese Bronze (London Cab maker)and may up to controlling stake soon.
      I agree that TXN looks good.much better than the current Cab.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Will British taxi companies will be willing to give up their old rides for these new, Chinese-built examples?"

      Considering that LTI, the company building the current London taxi, is already a joint venture with Geely, I suspect that's not the goal. In fact, the TX4 pictured *is* the Chinese market version of the current model, I'm fairly sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'd like to take the englon to get some itarian food.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad at all. Is this gonna be branded Manganese Bronze in the UK?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'll be damned, but i love it. they mashed together a mini and a mulsanne to make this frankencab. oh to be in englon now that april is here.

      they should bring them to the states. too many characterless toyotas and altimas becoming cabs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It'll never make it in the states, as most taxi companies are running fleets of dirt-cheap second hand caprices, town cars, and (mostly) crown vics. There's lots of cross model parts ready to picked off of doner cars in the scrapyards. But when you can get a serviceable example metered, licensed, and painted for less than $5k, it doesn't just erode the scrapyard argument, it destroys the argument for brand new taxis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even though I happen to like Toyotas I really have to agree here-the London style cabs are just fantastic-even compared to the old Crown Vics they make a lot more sense since the passengers can ride together instead of having one person up front with the cabby and shouting back at their friends to converse. The newer cabs based on Impalas and Camrys are just terrible cabs-especially since that passenger seat in the front ends up being pushed up to try and give the rear passengers a more cab-like experience-so when you have more than 3 people that 4th person is squashed against the dash even in the pretty large Impala.
        The only new vehicles being used as cabs that don't stink are probably the Odyssey and Sienna since they actually improve on the roominess and luggage carrying ability of the crown vics, but I think for really cramped city driving the London style cabs really make a lot of sense. I don't think the actual cost of the cabs is that big of a deal, at least in places like New York City where the medallions cost like 300 grand lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would actually push the TXN. It looks kinda hot. (BTW first post!)
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed - good looking car
      • 4 Years Ago
      Imagine these are for the China market.... I've always found the cabbies in the UK prefer their steering wheels on the right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uhhhh - the TX4 IS the current London taxi cab, albeit with the steering wheel on the left. I get that the TXN is a mash-up, but I am mistaken about the TX4?