In December, the old Saab 9-5 sees the light of day as BAIC C70 in Beijing. As the producer from the capital, Beijing Auto is something of the lighthouse among the manufacturers, so at least the self-image of the company. The C70 is to become the flagship of the Chinese and also the new limousine for officials and authorities.
This has been a lot in Beijing. To make the plans a reality, the C70 comes with three instead of the originally planned two engine variants on the market. Even an automatic version, for the used as chauffeured limousines vehicles an important argument, should be available contrary to first information. The entry-level model, called 1.8T, is said to provide around 174 PS. Above that, the 2.0 T ranks with 206 PS. The flagship is the 2.3T with 246 PS which then corresponds to the older AERO variant. The 2.3T comes with an 5-gear automatic, which seems familiar to us.
In the press, the appearance of the C70 and 2.3 Turbo is acclaimed. The 9-5 has become a stately car with almost 4.90 meters in length. Comparisons with BMW Design are drawn and almost 250 PS are also an announcement in China, especially when a saloon from domestic production and with the so important automatic can score with these numbers.
The good old 9-5 seems to be well on its way to becoming the pride of Chinese officials. A somehow dubious honor for a Scandinavian car of a brand that stands for the opposite of what party spirit embodies. How good that the production version provides no evidence of the Saab DNA. current spyshots the final version has been released by Car News China.