There has been a flurry of Roewe spy shots over the past few months, ever since December last year we’ve been busy posting spyshots of alleged Roewe models out testing in either the extreme colds of North Eastern China, or the hot summers of Australia (lucky things!)
Roewe unveiled the W2 at the Shanghai Auto Show this year, and caused a great fuss – A Chinese company that was clearly utilizing its British based design team assets to the fullest, you can see the W2 development photos here
China Car Times has a special treat for readers, the first pictures known of the Roewe 550 unclothed, with no disguises or camoflauge known to exist…. click continue to see more.
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The Roewe 550 will be a 1.8 turbo assisted model, the same as what came out of the Roewe 750 1.8T and the budget 1.8T MG7. Measurements are in at (LxWxH) 4624 x 1827 x 1480mm, the wheelbase measures 2705mm.
Overall, the Roewe 550 is slightly shorter than the Roewe 750, which makes us think that perhaps this car is new metal on the old short wheelbase Rover 75, where as the Roewe 750 was based on the long wheel base Rover 75. However, the Chinese motoring press are saying that originally people thought it was based on the Rover 45 platform, hence they named it the Roewe 450, but now the Chinese motoring press are saying it is actually an entirely new platform that SAIC have created – so what is it, a new platform, or a rehashed Rover? Either way, this car is beautiful.