A few days ago, BAIC launched the launch of the Senova D60, the China version of the Saab 9-3. Externally, the D60 has nothing to do with the original, even under the plate has been heavily modified.
Because BAIC packed the legendary Saab Trionic engines under the hood, which required modifications to the front end. The old Saab transmissions were also installed. For this reason, the China offshoot can only be 5-speed, while the original has a 6-speed transmission.
The prices for the Senova D60 sedan start at 15.000,00 €, the top version costs 21.000,00 €. Slightly more expensive than expected, the press says. BAIC has great expectations for the Senova D60. 2015 are supposed to run incredible 300.000 units off the line. How was it with NEVS and the China plans? Pictures of the D60 series version are available at CarNewsChina.com.
While the D60 launches, the Saab 9-5 offshoot is already a success story and enjoys great popularity as Senova D70. In order to further expand its image as a sporty premium product, BAIC uses the D9 based on the old 5-70 generation at the China Cup. The first race was at the Guangdong International Circuit in August.
Visually does not suggest the relationship to the Saab 9-5 chrome goggles, a look under the hood, however, promotes a known engine to light. Again, the good old 2 liter 4 cylinder works with the Saab Trionic. In case of doubt, age does not protect against motorsports.