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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.