With one month left before the opening of the 2012 Guangzhou Auto Show, automakers and the media are now in the typical warm-up mode, releasing images of the many new vehicles to be showcased at the event. Today we received photos of the undisguised Besturn SUV, tipped to be the X7. Almost a year and a half have passed since our last exposure of the vehicle.
The mass-market version of the X concept from the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, the X7 shares platform with Besturn B7, a mid-size sedan derived from the first generation Mazda6. It has a 2780mm wheelbase, only 10mm shorter than that of the current GAC-Toyota Highlander, but exceeds the latter by 90mm in body length (the numbers need to be confirmed at the upcoming auto show in Guangzhou).
The X7 inherits powertrain options from Besturn B70, provided with 2.0L/2.3L engines and 6MT/ 6AT. Its suspension system consists of double wishbones at the front and multi links in the rear.
Retail deliveries are to begin early next year. The entry-level model is likely to sell for about 150,000 Yuan.