Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C50E testing in the Snow in China
Published on March 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots from the upcoming Beijing Auto C50E testing in snowy conditions, likely somewhere in northern China. The C50E is a new mid-size sedan that will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year, positioned under the Beijing Auto C70G/Shenbao. The C50E debuted as a concept car on the Beijing Auto Show in April last year.
Beijing Auto says the C50E is based on their new M-trix platform, which is based on the platform of the old Saab 9-3. The C70G is based on the platform of the old Saab 9-5. BAIC, the mother of Beijing Auto, bought both platforms from GM in 2009.
The C50E will be powered by a direct-injection 1.5 liter turbo with 170hp and 262nm. The engine is called ‘T-Power 150’ and that is a rather cool name. The engine comes with an all-aluminum cylinder block and aluminum intake manifold. Chinese media say a 2.0 will also be available for motorist who believe bigger is always better, this kinda motorist is still very common in China indeed.