The best spy shots so far of the upcoming Beijing Auto C50E, seen here almost naked in China, bar some camouflage on the bumpers. 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 version will be launched on the China car market in early 2014.
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.
The C50E will be powered by a direct-injection 1.5 liter turbo with 163hp and 225nm. The engine is called ‘T-Power 150′ and will be used in various other Beijing Auto branded cars.The 1.8 turbo that is used in the Shenbao D-Series will not be available in the C50E.
Dash a bit sporty with sloping center console. Strangely, the screen is sloping too, which will make it hard to read. Chrome around the gear lever looks lonely in a sea of cheap black plastic.