Beijing Auto to start selling first model based on Saab platform in 4Q 2012

Article by Christian A., on May 9, 2012

China-based Beijing Auto will begin selling its first vehicle model based on the former Saab 9-5 platform in the fourth quarter in 2012. The automobile is based on the old Saab 9-5 platform. The automaker bought the technology in 2009 from the Swedish automaker Saab which has gone bankrupt recently. The C70G midsize sedan was launched at the Beijing car show in April.

It comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. It is 4860 mm or 191.33 inches in length, 1820 mm or 71.65 inches in width and 1641 mm or 64.60 inches in height, BAIC revealed. The vehicle will rival the Mazda6 and the Buick New Regal, among other competitors. Pricing details have yet to be disclosed.

BAIC intends to introduce a comprehensive product range in the next few years. Vehicles in this lineup will be founded on the Saab 9-5 platform, which is known as the M-trix platform within BAIC. BAIC is a state-owned company based in Beijing. It has joint ventures with Daimler and Hyundai Motor. According to media reports, an electric variant is anticipated to be available for sale by the end of 2012.

A simple glance at the new Saab 9-5 Sedan and one can see that the sophistication and sleekness are truly that of a Saab model. In fact, this new model is expected to begin what could be a new period for the brand. The combination of cutting-edge technology and confident and progressive style ensures that the newest flagship of the brand will be able to offer a fresh and new option for customers of the premiums saloon class.

To begin with, the all-turbo powertrain range is currently the most extensive being offered by the brand. This puts into focus the rightsizing engine strategy of the brand which is to deliver four-cylinder turbo engines that show responsible performance and are all highly efficient. The engines can be fueled with diesel, petrol, and even E85 bioethanol. The diesel engine in particular is expected to have CO2 emissions around 139 g/km.

Advanced technology is implemented as well like the head-up information display, or HUD, that is clearly inspired by what is seen in an aircraft. Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive headlights are included as well as the adaptive cruise control.

There is also the Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis that allows for real-time damping control. Other technological features include the dynamic parking assistance, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry and starting, to name a few. Included as well is the Saab XWD with eLSD, which is the auto industry’s top all-wheel-drive system.

In terms of style, the 9-5 Sedan has a sculpted and clean shape which reflects the purity of its Scandinavian design. The use of the striking wraparound window graphic reveals the aviation heritage of the brand. Overall, it is clear that the style took its inspiration from the Aero X Concept car, Saab’s award-winning model. However, with the low-slung and powerful stance, this allows the 9-5 Sedan to showcase a design language that is more meaningful while at the same time more daring.

Saab Automobile's Managing Director Jan - Åke Jonsson reveals that the brand has managed to come up with a highly unique and advanced model by fully utilizing what Saab is known for in significant areas.

These include, he adds, having responsible performance, athletic driving, and radical Scandinavian design. There is no doubt that the 9-5 Sedan will begin a new era for Saab as it is able to deliver everything expected from it, and this will be true for future models as well, Jan- Åke Jonsson says further. Sales of the new Saab 9-5 Sedan are expected to begin in 2010.

Topics: saab, platform

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