The Shanghai Auto Show draws near, and FAW will bring a few new cars to try and spark its lackluster own brand operations. Engines are still ancient, platforms are still borrowed, but we will give FAW credit for at least trying to improve exterior styling.
This is the hatchback version of the Oley, launched in sedan form last year. Its dimensions are 4200 x 1660 x 1465mm (length x width x height) and has a wheelbase of 2525mm. It’s easier on the eyes than the sedan, but the interior screams “cheap” as usual.
The Oley will be powered by a newly developed 1.5L engine capable of 102hp. This is rather weak for 1.5L displacement, but this being FAW “newly developed” really means “regurgitated decades-old engine from one of its partners.” Transmission choices will be a four-speed auto or five-speed manual.
The Besturn X80 was seen rolling off the production line earlier this year and will be officially listed in the show. According to previous reports, the car’s expected prince ranges from 120,000 to 200,000 yuan (from 20 to 32 thousand USD).
Power wise it will be equipped with a 2.0L or 2.3L engine, peaking at 146hp and 154hp power, 183N·m and 205N·m torque, respectively. These will be paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Finally, here’s the facelifted Besturn B50 sedan with a more modern looking front, packed with LEDs the Chinese love.
The new B50 is expected to have the same 1.6L engine as the current model, capable of delivering astounding 103 horsepower and peak torque of 145N·m. Transmission options will be a six-speed manual or five-speed auto.