New spy shots from the Beijing Auto C70G, based on the old Saab 9-5. New pics show a fine orange example which is much better than all the grey stuff we saw before. The Beijing Auto C70G will debut at the Beijing Auto Show next month and it will be listed on the Chinese car market near the end of this year. Full production will start in September.
Chinese media report that Beijing Auto has lengthened the wheelbase of the platform a tiny little bit, from 2703 to 2750 millimeter. Beijing Auto is at the same time working on an even further stretched version of the platform that will underpin a future ‘C80’ flagship sedan.
Power will come from the Saab 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo, mated to a six-speed manual or a automatic, probably a CVT.
Dash seems completely new, no old Saab here. Stylish enough, rather modern, seems all alu, no wood. CVT transmission here. Buttons behind gear-lever look cool.
Still not big in the back. Old Saab 9-5 was never a ‘limousine’ and certainly not made as an executive car, which is what Beijing Auto wants to make and the reason behind the C80-plan.