FAW Besturn B90 Goes on Sale for US$21,995-31,434August 23rd, 2012 | Posted in FAW | Mazda | New Cars
First Auto Works (FAW) released the third, flagship model, the B90 mid-size, in the Besturn sedan series on Wednesday. With a price range of 139,800-199,800 Yuan, the B90 is significantly cheaper than Mazda6 Ruiyi, the second gen Mazda6 from which the B90 is derived. In its official press release on the market launch, FAW claims that B90 is built on the all-new M2 platform for sports sedans and powered by FAW-developed ET3 series engines, making no mention of its debt to Mazda, its joint venture partner, while in fact both the platform and engines are borrowed from Mazda6.
The B90 has a 2780mm wheelbase, compared with 2725mm on Mazda6 Ruiyi. It shares with the latter double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions.
Two ET3 engines are provided. The 2.0 liter can deliver up to 108kW of power and 184Nm (exactly the same as the 2.0L on Mazda6 Ruiyi) and is matched with either a 6AT (Aisin F21) or 6MT; the 2.3L, able to put out 118kW and 207Nm, is mated to the 6AT. In the future, a turbo charged 1.8 liter will also be provided.
FAW aims to sell 10,000 units of the B90 this year, expecting big orders from the government, which has been trying to replace foreign-brand models it employs in large numbers by native ones.