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The Senova D70 series sedans, developed by BAIC (Beijing Auto) on basis of the first-gen Saab 9-5, gets its first facelift: new-look for 2016 with new grille. Spy Shots showing the new Senova D70 sedan with a brand new Buick-Insignia-inspired grille and a new front bumper with large air intakes. New front bumper looks like a bumper from Saab 9-3 (fog lights grille). The new face is for a new top end variant of the D70-range, which will be positioned just under the upcoming Senova D80. The new grille will be the third for the D70, depending on trim level. Currently, the D70 DeLuxe comes with this typical Senova grille, and… The Beijing Auto Senova is based on the platform of the first generation Saab 9-5. Beijing Auto bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo four-cylinder petrol engines. The D70 is available with a 177hp 1.8 turbo, a Saab a 204hp 2.0 turbo, and a Saab 250hp 2.3 turbo.
Roewe 360 is a compact sedan produced by SAIC (Shanghai Auto). Slightly larger than the Roewe 350, it has a wheelbase of 2660mm and is 4579mm long, 1804mm wide and 1490mm long. Two engine options are to be provided: a turbo 1.4L that can put out up to 150hp and 235Nm and a naturally aspirated 1.5L that can develop up to 109hp. The turbo 1.4L will be paired to a 7-speed DCT. The luxury edition is equipped with an 8-inch color screen and inkaNet 4.0 telematics.
If you’ve not heard of the Haval H6, you’re probably not alone. In fact, if you didn’t even know that Haval was a thing, you’re still probably in the majority. The Chinese maker and its medium-sized H6 SUV are here to compete with the big players. The H6 fights in the largest segment of the SUV market, against the likes of the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and all of those other very impressive, family friendly offerings. With two trim levels available, and aggressive pricing on both the entry-grade Premium and top-spec Lux tested here, the Haval H6 seemingly has something to make it stand out in the Australian market, offering customers who want a lot of car for their cash an alternative to the entry-level grades of the mainstream Korean and Japanese players. But in the midst of fierce competition, ever-sharpening prices and the continually expanding equipment lists of base model SUVs, is there really a place for this Chinese model? Until recently, the Haval H6 definitely offered truly good value for money. At launch it arrived with a base price of $31,990 drive-away for the entry-level Premium and $34,990 drive-away for this Lux version. But since then, there has been a lot of new model activity in the medium-SUV segment, and some hallmark players have added kit and dropped prices to boost sales and maintain relevance. The Premium comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog-lights, auto headlights and wipers, laser puddle lights, heated auto-folding side mirrors, tinted glass, roof-rails, cruise control, mood lighting, stainless-steel scuff plates, electric driver’s seat adjustment, fabric seat trim, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia unit with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and USB input. The Lux adds a panoramic sunroof, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable passenger seat, fake leather trim, its sound system gains a sub-woofer, and it has better headlights - xenon units with auto levelling - plus 19-inch wheels. There are seven colours to choose from, six of which are metallics that attract a $495 premium. Buyers can even choose between a range of different coloured interiors; the Premium has the choice of black or grey/black, while the Lux has black, grey/black or brown/black. And there are deals to be had. The H6 Premium can now be had at $29,990 drive-away with free sat nav (usually $990 more) and a $500 gift card. You’ll get the Lux for $33,990 drive-away. The H6 doesn’t have sat nav fitted as standard in any spec, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto phone mirroring technology isn’t available at all. Safety kit is respectable, if not class-leading, with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, six airbags, dual ISOFIX child-seat attachment points (and three top-tether hooks), and blind-spot monitoring included in both variants. It doesn’t look very much like the other models in Haval’s range, and that’s a good thing. The H2, H8 and H9 all have the rounded edges of yesteryear, where the H6 is sharper, smarter, more sophisticated. It looks more European than Chinese, to my eye. The proportions of the Haval H6 are quite fetching - the brand, cheekily, labels it the H6 Coupe in its home market. It has lines in the right places, a shapely silhouette and a pert backside, all of which combine to give it a certain presence on the road. It is more stylish than a few of its class compatriots, that’s for sure. And the Lux model rolls on 19-inch wheels, which certainly help in that regard. The interior, though, isn’t as amazing, despite looking inviting. There’s a lot of fake wood and hard plastic, and it doesn’t have the ergonomic intelligence of the better SUVs in the class. The swooping roofline makes for difficult rearward vision, too, with a letterbox rear windscreen and thick D-pillars.
New Spy Shots of the Changhe Q7, a mid-sized SUV for China with a big shiny grille, black pillars, and a think roof. The Changhe Q7, not to be confused with the Audi Q7, will debut on Friday on the Guangzhou Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in December. Changhe Auto is a subsidiary of Beijing Auto (BAIC). Changhe’s new cars are aimed at buyers in second and third tier cities. They are largely based on exiting Beijing Auto platforms but with some unique design features, and they are cheaper than Beijing Auto’s offerings. The Changhe Q6 is based on the Beijng Auto BJ20. The Q7 comes with a giant 12 inch touch screen, much bigger than the screen inside the BJ20. Buttons under the screen look very hip. The instrument panel seems fully digital. Power comes from a 1.5 turbo with 150 hp, mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. Price for all this pretty will start around 90,000 yuan or $13,580. Proper roof rails, chrome strips above and under the windows, pretty lights, black wheel arches, and an invisible exhaust pipe.
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The Roewe i6 has been launched on the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, and it has become one of the best looking Chinese sedans ever. It comes in two flavors: the i6 petrol version and the ei6 hybrid. The red car on the first photo is an i6. It has a huge shiny grille. The grille of the ei6 however is…
… even bigger. The bumpers are different too.
The i6 will be available with two engines: a new 1.0 liter three-cylinder with 125hp, which seems just enough for such a big car, and the well known 1.5 turbo with 170hp.
The ei6 uses the 1.0 plus an 82hp electric motor, adding up to 207 hp.
They didn’t open the doors but the windows were clear, showing a very good looking interior with loads of leather. This is the i6. The touch screen is 10.4 inched and runs on Alibaba’s YunOS, the same system that also infotains the Roewe X5.
The pipe tips are fake. The real pipe is hiding under the bumper.
The i6 is the successor of both the Roewe 550 and the Roewe 750, which was retired just last week. Size wise it is closer to the 550 than to the 750, which could indicate a longer L version is on the way to cover all the ground lost.
The i stands not for iPhone but for internet, innovation, and intelligence. What a trendy name! So i!
The i-sixes will hit the Chinese car market in Spring. Price is yet unknown but when we take a median line between the prices of the 550 and 750 we end up with about 120,000 yuan for the base car.