Spy Shots: this is the new FAW Senya R7 SUV for China

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This is the new FAW Senya R7 SUV for China, it will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show later this week and launch on the Chinese car market in 2016. The FAW Senya R7 SUV has been trough four names during its development process; previously being known as the FAW R020, the FAW R20, and the Junpai D80.

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No matter that now, Senya R7 it is.

‘Senya’ (森雅), also known as Xenia, is a FAW range that presently consists of a bunch of small MPV’s, the largest being the Senya M80. It doesn’t make much sense to park an SUV in there, but this being FAW, it probably makes a lot of sense, and we just don’t see it.

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The Senya R7 is manufactured by FAW-Jilin, a FAW subsidiary based in Jilin Province.

There will be two four-cylinder petrol engines available: a 1.6 with 109hp and 155nm, and a 1.8 with 139hp and 172nm, both mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Size: 4300/1780/1650, wheelbase is 2590.

Price will range from about 60.000 to around 80.000 yuan.


The R7 has become a nice looking car. Trendy-shaped taillights, chrome around the fog lights, a large FAW logo, a small spoiler, and a shark fin antenna.


A silver example in the factory. Wheels don’t appear to bee too small.


A brown car in the countryside, showing off the LED strips in the headlights. Huge FAW logo again.


Chrome strip under the windows. Sporty five-twin spoke alloys.


On to the endless road.

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  1. Senya (Xenia) is an old name that was used when Daihatsu was in the picture as an FAW joint venture partner. All the re-naming is indeed confusing, as we thought “Junpai” was about to become a new sub brand.
    Perhaps the emphasis on this new brand, and its SUV focus, is a contributing factor in the old FAW Xiali (sedan) subsidiary’s continuing slide downhill.

  2. I want to become a dealer for this Xenia in Bhutan. Who should I contact outside China. BECAUSE we cannot import Chinese brand in Bhutan. Pls help?


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