The Besturn B70 sold quite strongly when it was first launched but the model lost ground in the face of strong competition from rival manufacturers products over the past few years. The Mazda6 based vehicle was designed in Italy and seemed to resonate well with Chinese audiences over the past few years, now the time has come for a new generation of vehicle:
This new model seems to have a little bit of Jaguar design influences in the rear end, especially around the third quarter window, although the overall body style seems to make it look too heavy for the smaller wheels its running on – this could change come launch time however. FAW is likely using the last generation Mazda6 platform, sold as the Rui Yi in China, for this new B70. Engine power will come from 2.0L and 2.3L engines, although FAW are reportedly working on a new 1.8T engine for this model. A likely launch date is supposedly late 2013 or early 2014, but don’t be surprised if this pops up at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.