SAAB News: BAIC C70G, C51X, C60F at the Beijing Auto Show

BAIC presents a real firework of innovations based on Saab. The first series Saab 9-5 is reborn. At least for a few years, technology from Sweden will roll on the streets in China. Under the new dress is the robust technology of the old Saab 9-5, its gearbox and engines. After various studies, BAIC is now presenting the final series version with the name C70G.

BAIC C70G - Exile Swede in Beijing
BAIC C70G - Exile Swede in Beijing

The design of exile Sweden comes from Italy. Fioranvanti Tailored the new body and what he did from the old Saab we like. He gets 5 of 5 possible points.

This requires an explanation, because a sensation is not the C70G. The design is pleasing and zeitgeist. At the same time it denies the Scandinavian genes. So no Saab Clone rolls off the line in China, which would be hard to beat for some of us. From the base, the Italians have made a nice, but at the same time any product. That was in the sense of the client and also in ours.

BAIC C70G
BAIC C70G

Under the hood 200 Turbo PS wait for the use. The well-known Saab 2.0 liter engine remains for the time being the only engine. The C70G project is ambitious and is regarded in Beijing as a prestige project of the manufacturer from the capital. The fact that the possibilities of the Chinese are limited despite a good base, you notice the following facts.

BAIC C70G
BAIC C70G

The 4.86 meter long C70G is considered a prestige saloon, but can not be delivered with automatic transmission after the production start. The 2.3 liter, a great engine, is also not available. It remains with the 2.0 liter variant. The full-bodied announced electric version comes, but only limited to 1000 pieces per year. The range is 130 kilometers, the maximum speed is limited to 130 km / h.

BAIC C70G
BAIC C70G

Only selected journalists were allowed to take a look inside the limousine at the Beijing Motor Show. An indication that these are cars that are still a long way from the start of production. China Car Times published a picture of the interior. Here, too, we see: Nicely done and in no way a Saab.

Is OK. We can handle that. Another Saab offshoot is the BAIC C60F which is not expected before 2013. The design is more Saab than the C70G. Whether the series will look like this is unknown.

BAIC C60F
BAIC C60F

C51X is on the show as a concept car. An SUV based on the Saab 9-5 about whose prospects for the series nothing is known. The China Car Times has more pictures from Beijing here.

BAIC C51X
BAIC C51X

Originally development aid from Sweden was planned for BAIC. How far these plans have been pursued and whether a Saab spin-off has jumped into the resulting gap, we do not know. Businesses of this kind live on discretion and so it remains one of the many secrets that currently exist in Trollhättan. Further derivatives based on the Saab 9-5 are to follow.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

9 thoughts on "SAAB News: BAIC C70G, C51X, C60F at the Beijing Auto Show"

  • The only thing that comes to my mind is: front Mercedes and rear BMW .. where is the new design ..?

  • First, BAIC must produce these vehicles in series. Remodeling bodyshells with external help is not that difficult. Does BAIC have the production know-how?

  • Guess what? That SAAB somehow shows presence. Right

  • Means what?

  • By the way, from June 02nd to 10th the Automobil International (AMI) will take place in Leipzig again this year. Instead of worrying about Chinese cars, it wouldn't be bad if some pretty Saab's turned up in front of the exhibition center in Leipzig.
    I think, if not already Saab, we Saab driver should show some presence.

  • That's a pretty sad result. They pick up a designer from Italy, who can build really nice cars, and then a copy comes out of German cars (Mercedes and BMW). This is also embarrassing for Fioranvanti. Of course, BAIC's specifications may be so narrow that the designer has no room for creativity.
    Good that you do not recognize the Swedish origin.

  • The rear is BMW Design. Reminds me of the 5er and Citroen C5 at the same time.

  • Hi,

    Can it be that the first model Mercedes in the front and BMW in the rear is (?)
    Greetings from Leipzig

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