Spy Shots showing the Beijing Auto Senova X65 arriving at the exhibition hall of the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show where it will officially debut on Thursday. The Senova X65, formerly known as the Beijing Auto C51X, is the first SUV under the Senova brand. The X65 will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q1 2015, price will start around 120.000 yuan.
Beijing Auto says the Senova X65 is based on their Matrix platform, which is derived from the platform of the Saab 9-3. BAIC, the mother company of Beijing Auto, bought the rights the the platforms for the Saab 9-3 and the last-generation Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo engines.
The X65 will be powered by said 2.0 turbo, here good for 201 hp and 290nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Later on a 1.5 turbo will become available as well, which will bring price down to about 100.000 yuan.
Vague brownish color, skid pad, fake exhaust pipe exits, rear spoiler, and roof rails; a real 2014 SUV.
Beijing Auto? Isn’t Beijing Auto Works the division that makes all the jeep-derived models, like the B80? I thought this X65 was made by the “Independent” or “Senova” division of BAIC.
It’s a big company with joint ventures both foreign and domestic. I guess Foton is its biggest division, or subsidiary.
It’s said this X65 will be available in front drive or four wheel drive, a nice option.
BAW does the rough stuff and the army cars. The soft-roaders are for Beijing Auto Senova. Senova currently operates as a sub-brand, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if BAIC turns it into separate full-fledged brand some time in the future.