FAW Teases The Senya R9 SUV For The Shanghai Auto Show
Published on March 30, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter
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.