Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C50E seen testing in China, will get 1.5 turbo
Published on November 19, 2012 by W.E. Ning
New spy shots from the upcoming Beijing Auto C50E testing in China. The B50E debuted as a concept car on the Beijing Auto Show and will be launched on the China car market next year. The Beijing Auto B50 E is a mid-size sedan, it will be positioned under the Shenbao D280.
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, it comes with 170hp and 262nm. Price will range from 70.000 to 90.000 yuan.