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Outgoing Saab 9-5-based BAIC revealed on Beijing Show poster

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Outgoing Saab 9-5-based BAIC revealed on Beijing Show poster

04/20/2010, 3:54 PM BY ANDREW GANZ

In a bid to raise cash, Saab sold off the tooling and assembly rights for its outgoing 9-5 model and its previous-generation 9-3 hatchback to Chinese automaker BAIC. Now, a poster outside of the Beijing Auto Show reveals what’s in store for BAIC’s Beijing Auto Works subsidiary when the event opens to the media later this week.

Apparently called the C71, the four-door sedan shown on this poster is clearly based on the 9-5 sedan that Saab built from late 1997 until last year when the then-GM-owned automaker retooled its factory to build an all-new 9-5. From the image – which has clearly made its way through Photoshop – we can see an entirely new front fascia, hood and fenders, but the 9-5’s distinctive side profile remains. Whether that look will make production is unknown, however.

The BAW C71 will also use a variation of Saab’s H engine, which actually debuted back in 1981. Although the last 9-5s powered by a turbocharged version of this engine cranked out as much as 260 horsepower, BAW’s powertrain configuration has not been confirmed, either.

For now, Chinese media calls the C71 a concept, so we can only speculate on further changes the car will get when it reaches production. BAIC has not indicated what it plans to do with the 1999-2003 9-3 tooling and rights it also purchased from Saab.


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