Beijing Auto Launches Saab based Shenbao D

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After a nearly three year wait Beijing Auto have launched their first Shenbao (Senova in English) sedan. The Senova D sedan was launched earlier today with prices from 139,800RMB to 215,800RMB for the top of the range model. A total of eight specifications are offered with 1.8T, 2.0T and 2.3T engines on offer.

Pricing is a little unusual, the 2.0T starts at 139,800RMB but the 1.8T starts at 188,800RMB – the 1.8T being aimed squarely at government buyers who have to buy something equivalent to or smaller than a 1.8T engine for a maximum of 180,000RMB.

  • 2.3T Luxury – 215,800RMB
  • 2.3T Elite – 195,500RMB
  • 2.0T  Luxury – 181,000RMB
  • 2.0T Elite – 165,800RMB
  • 2.0T Comfort – 149,800RMB
  • 2.0T Fashion – 139,800RMB
  • 1.8T Administrative – 211,600RMB
  • 1.8T Govt – 188,000RMB

The 2.0T engine produces 150kw (circa 200bhp) and has 290Nm of torque whilst the larger 2.3T offers 184kw and 350Nm of torque, putting the engine largely on par with the VW Magotan/Passat’s 2.0T. Gear shifting is carried out by 5 speed automatic gearboxes, no manuals are currently on offer but that could potentially change.

Beijing Auto seem to have hit a sweet spot with the pricing coming in at roughly 25% less than the rival 2.0T VW Passat/Magotan whilst offering a similar sized and powered vehicle.

The above image is the D-Series Aero edition which was aired at the Shanghai Auto Show and promises a 0-100km/h time of less than 6 seconds. The white D-Series are a mixture of the 2.0T and 2.3T vehicles, pictures taken from auto.163.comsenova D Beijing Auto Launches Saab based Shenbao D senova Da Beijing Auto Launches Saab based Shenbao D senova Db Beijing Auto Launches Saab based Shenbao D senova Dc Beijing Auto Launches Saab based Shenbao D

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  • santos palisander
    May 14, 2013

    Congratulations to BAIC for finally delivering the goods!
    Question, please. Is this Senova D based on the 9-3, or the old 9-5? There wasn’t too much difference in size between the two, though this one looks more like the 9-3.

  • May 14, 2013

    Well if the government has to have 1.8T or below and pay less than Y180,000 how come the cheapest 1.8T is more than Y180,000?

  • ash Author
    May 15, 2013

    The numbers are probably arbitrary for good luck, dealers will probably drop it to 180k on demand.

    Ive been reading road test reviews and so far it seems the Beijing is average despite having all that power.

  • Ash Author
    May 15, 2013

    This is 9-5 based! Should have been mentioned in the story.

  • MartinK
    May 15, 2013

    Have to say these things look absolutely great, I hope they do well, they are certainly priced very competitively.

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