New developments in the story of the Beijing Auto BJ90, a car that has been looking ready for the Chinese car market for a very long time but still hasn’t been launched. We have a lot of new photos, the first set showing a black example at a hotel in the mountains near Beijing with blue Beijing license plates.
That should not be possible. A car that isn’t officially launched can’t get plates; period. They are not test-car plates either, those look very different. It could be a car from a Beijing Auto big-wit. The company is largely owned by the Beijing city government, and I guess they can find any plate if they need one.
The new Beijing AutoEC180 will be launched on the Chinese car market on January 18. The EC180 is a small electric hatchback with crossy black wheel arches and a black bonnet. It has subtle blue lines around the badge and on the wheels’ center. In China, blue is the color of green.
The good old Beijing AutoBJ2022 Brave Warrior is still alive and kicking. Three new workhorse pickup truck versions are under development and they are looking badass and somewhat cool. The first car is a double cab with a short bed, it will be powered by a 2.2 liter diesel engine with 110hp. Bed size: 1440/1580/480.
Changhe Auto, now under the wings of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC), will launch two new SUVs this year. First up is a seven-seat SUV code named F14S, it will have a wheelbase of 2800mm and 1.8 and 1.8 turbocharged engines. The F14S will be based on the same platform as the Beijing Auto Senova X65.
This is the new Beijing AutoHuansu S5 SUV for China, looking very fiery in red. Even more eye catching is the enormous Lexus-like grille, with a lot of shine and a lot of black. he gille is flanked by two black hooks in the bumper and supported by a gray skid pad.
Spy Shots showing a new and extra luxurious variant of the Beijing BJ80 SUV. The yet unnamed variant gets new front and rear bumpers, new alloys, red brakes, a new bonnet with an air scoop, and two individual rear seats instead of the 3-seat bench of the standard car.
The new BorgwardBX5 SUV will hit the China car market in March, the final production car will differ only in detail from this red example that was shown on the Guangzhou Auto Show. It looks really good, with a big grille and wide fenders. Price will range from about 120.000 to 180.000 yuan.
The Bisu Auto M3 MPV has been launched on the Chinese car market, sporting a big ‘n shiny Lexus grille and sporty five spoke wheels. Price starts at 61.900 yuan and ends at 83.900 yuan, positioning the M3 right into the hyper competitive compact MPV segment.
The new Beijing AutoHuansu H6 MPV has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 60.800 yuan and ends at 75.800 yuan. There is also a panel van version that costs only 59.800 yuan. The Huansu H6 seats five to nine passengers depending on configuration, and we bet it will be very popular with taxi companies and the such like.
Lucid Motors is another upstart with grandiose plans. It says it will start production of a Tesla-beating hyper sedan in 2018, in a brand new $700 million factory in Arizona. The company showed a development mule, which looks surprisingly ready, on an event in Los Angeles last month.