FAW has released two dizzying teasers of the new Senya R9 SUV that will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show next month. The R9 will be a semi-concept, the production version is expected to launch in 2018. The R9 will be the largest Senya-branded SUV, it will be positioned above the Senya R7.
The R9 has the usual floating roof design with blacked-out pillars. It also has proper roof rails, well-designed tail lights, and a clean looking bumper with two tail pipes. It seems about 4.5 meters long, so it is likely a five-seater, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if FAW is also working on a seven-seat variant; those are all the fashion now in China.
The R9 will be available with two engines: a 139hp 1.8 and a 180hp 1.8 turbo. These engines are widely used within the FAW empire. They are reliable enough but they are getting a bit old.
‘Senya’ (森雅), also known as Xenia, always was a rather boring FAW range consisting of a bunch of small MPVs, the largest being the Senya M80. But FAW has since decided to spice the brand up with a range of SUVs. The R7 was the first and the R9 is going to be the second.
Now the platform of Senya r9 have
two probably choices.
The first is based on the Toyota RAV4 (XA30). This plan is used to be the coming 2nd generation of FAW Besturn X80, but it is abandoned in the fall of 2016.
The second is based on a FAW version CD3-2 platform, which comes from the redesign of 1st generation Bseturn X80. The Mazda only give FAW Car Co. the frount-wheel-drive version (the so called “M1” platform (for Mazda6, Besturn B70(1st gen),Besturn B50(1st gen)and Besturn X80)and “M2” platform(for Mazda6 Ruiyi, Besturn B70(2nd gen),Besturn B50(2nd gen))) and cover up the exist of Mazda Speed6(what’s more, Mazda forbidden the Automotive Institute of FAW to contact the file of the CD3 platform). The Automotive Institute of FAW re-design the CD3 platform so it can used for four-wheel-drive vehicles, and call it the CD3-2 platform.