On Monday, BAIC (Beijing Auto, Beiqi) released the E-series hatchback, E130/150, which resembles the Mercedes-Benz B-Class in styling. Prices range from 53,800 Yuan (8,500 US dollars), for a 1.3L MT, to 86,800 Yuan (13,730 US dollars), for a 1.5L AT. At the market launch ceremony held in the 798 art district in Beijing, BAIC pronounced the E130/150 as the first car in China that goes on sale with the so-called "three guarantees," for refund, replacement, and repair.
Made in BAIC’s factory in Zhuzhou, Hunan, the E130/150 was named BC301Z when it rolled off line in Dec. 2010 and then BC301 when premiered at last year’s Shanghai Auto Show. The subcompact has a 2500mm wheelbase, and stands 3998mm long, 1720mm wide, and 1503mm tall. In both exterior and interior styling, it imitates the B-Class from Mercedes-Benz, which is a JV partner of BAIC.
Two engine options are provided: the Mitsubishi MEVIC 4A9 1.3 and 1.5 liter. The 1.3L is rated 73kW/6000rpm and 124Nm/4000rpm, the 1.5L, 83kW/6000rpm and 143Nm/4000rpm. They are matched with either a 5MT or 4AT. For suspension, it employs the affordable MacPherson type for the front and trailing arm for the back.
Standard features on 7 available versions include ABS/EBD, power external mirror, power windows and doors, manual A.C. Parking radar, GPS, automatic headlights, and steering wheel multi controls are found on higher trim levels. The top 1.5L AT model gets a rearview camera, cruise control, and leather seats.
BAIC is expected to release a three-box version of the E series towards the end of this year.