Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C50E in Red
Published on September 21, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots again of the Beijing Auto C50E and we must say this begins to look like a very decent automobile. The C50E debuted as a concept car on the Beijing Auto Show and will see production next year.
Beijing auto says the C50E stands on a new ‘M-trix’ platform that is derived from the old Saab 9-3 platform that Beijing Auto bought in 2009. We are not so sure, the C50E is definitely smaller than the 9-3 and seems actually based on the Beijing-Hyundai Elantra.
There will be two engines: 1.5 and 1.5 turbo, mated to a 5-speed manual or CVT. The base engine is Mitsubishi-sourced and also powers the Beijing Auto E-series, the turbocharged variant was developed by Beijing Auto. Price points at cheap underpinning too, ranging from 70.000 to 90.000 yuan.
First pic of the interior, loox well-made, manual gearbox here.