BAIC Group revealed its C70G with three other models, the C60F, C50E and C51X on April 23, the first press day of Auto China 2012.
The C70G is based on the medium- and high-end M-Trix platform of BAIC, which adapts the know-how of the Saab 9-5 platform the company purchased in 2009.
“The M-Trix is an upgraded version of the Saab platform,” said BAIC chairman Xu Heyi at the press conference. “Products from the M-Trix platform are able to compete with JV brands,” he said, pointing out that 80 percent of the C70G parts come from original Saab suppliers.
Designed by famous Italian engineer Leonardeo Fioravanti, the C70G also received a five-star rating in the C-NCAP crash test.
The B-class model will roll off the production line as early as this May and will hit the market in the fourth quarter.
The model’s electric variant, the C70GB, is also expected to enter the market by the end of this year, according to previous reports. And the C50E, C51X, C60F and C90L will soon follow, starting next year.
“The C70G is an enhanced edition of the Saab 9-5,” said Fan Jingtao, director of BAIC sales department. Compliant with the State IV emissions standards, the model will be subjected to State V standards by the end of 2012.