Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova X65 is Almost Ready for the Chinese car market
Published on January 26, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
New Spy Shots of the Beijing Auto Senova X65 SUV, showing it is almost ready for the Chinese car market. The Senova X65 is a new compact SUV, it debuted on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November last year and will be launched on the Chinese auto market in March. Price will start around 120.000 yuan and end around 160.000 yuan.
A nice interior with a black-beige color scheme, a large LCD screen in the center console, sporty dials, and two cup holders.
Rear bench very flat but enough space for three.
Exhaust pipes low in the bumper. Large rear lights topped by a large rear window topped by a large window wing.
Beijing Auto says the Senova X65 is based on their Matrix platform, which is derived from the platform of the Saab 9-3. BAIC, the mother company of Beijing Auto, bought the rights the the platforms for the Saab 9-3 and the last-generation Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo engines.
The X65 will be powered by the 2.0 turbo, here good for 177 hp and 230nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Later on a 1.5 turbo will become available too, which will bring price of the X65 down to 100.000 yuan.