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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C50E seen testing in China

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New spy shots of the Beijing Auto C50E testing in China. The C50E is a new mid-size sedan that will be sold under the Shenbao/Senova brand, it will be positioned under the Beijing Auto Shenbao D-series. The C50E debuted as a concept car on the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the production car is expected to debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

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Beijing Auto says the C50E is based on their new M-trix platform, which is based on the platform of the old Saab 9-3.  The Shenbao D-series is based on the platform of the old Saab 9-5. BAIC, the mother of Beijing Auto, bought both platforms from GM in 2009.

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The C50E will be powered by a direct-injection 1.5 liter turbo with 163hp and 225nm (earlier on we heard 170hp and 262nm). The engine is called ‘T-Power 150′ and will be used in various other Beijing Auto branded cars. Beijing Auto’s own 1.8 turbo will likely be available in the C50E as well.

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Not a finished interior… Big screen, loads of chrome, automatic gearbox. Black plastic on center tunnel looks very cheap.

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