BAIC Releases Senova D Series, a Descendant of Saab 9-5

May 11th, 2013 | Posted in BAIC | New Cars

The Senova ("Shenbao") D series sedan, developed by BAIC (Beijing Auto) on basis of the first-gen Saab 9-5, goes on sale today, carrying list prices of 139,800 to 215,800 Yuan. BAIC, which has made its fortune by being a partner of Hyundai and Daimler, places great hopes on the midsize to drive forward its own passenger car division.

Previously called BAIC C70G, the Senova sedan has a 2755mm wheelbase, extended from the 2703mm on the old 9-5, and a stance 4861mm long, 1820mm wide and 1462mm tall. Three turbo power choices are provided, the B185R 1.8T, B205R 2.0T, and B235R 2.3T, all derived from Saab’s Fam.III engines and paired to a 5AT. The 1.8T models target specifically government officials (government cars in most cases are required to have a displacement not exceeding 1.8L).

On all but the entry-level 2.0T model, Senova D series comes standard with a long list of safety devices: TPMS, front-row active head restraints, night panel, blind spot detector, driver fatigue monitor, front and rear parking sensors, etc.

The nameplate "Senova" was launched earlier this year to designate BAIC models (to be) derived from the Saab assets it bought in 2009, which include three vehicle platforms (Epsilon, GM2900, GM2400) and technologies for several engines as well as F25/F35 transmissions. Based on the Saab acquisition, BAIC has developed its own "M-trix" platform and planned a full product line on it, which would feature, besides the D series, subcompact and compact sedans (the upcoming "C50", "C60", both having origins in the GM2400 platform), large family cars ("C80"), crossovers/SUVs, and MPVs.

senova brand video with nicolas cage

To promote Senova, SAIC has signed up Nicolas Cage, who appeared in the brand video–"Town of car legends"–shown at the press conference on Saturday evening. The video was directed by Olivier Megaton (known for The Red Siren, Transporter 3, Colombiana, and Taken 2).

BAIC intends its flagship sedan to compete mainly against Japanese and Korean midsizes, especially Mazda6, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia K5.

senova press conference
baic senova press conference
Above: Senova release press conference

2.0T and 2.3T versions:

2013 BAIC Senova (Shenbao) D Series: 2.0T/2.3T models (D280, D320)
Senova 2.0T
Senova 2.3T
D280 Fashion D280 Comfort D280 Elite D280 Luxury D320 Elite D320 Luxury
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 139,800 149,800 165,800 181,800 195,800 215,800
Date of Market Launch
May 11, 2013
Powertrain
Engine
B205R Turbo-charged petrol 2.0L (1992cc) L4 16V DOHC
B235R Turbo-charged petrol 2.3L (2290cc) L4 16V DOHC
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
150/5500
184/5300
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
290/1800-4500
350/1900-4500
Transmission
5AT with sport mode
Suspension Front
MacPherson struts, independent
Suspension Rear
Multi-link independent
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/disc
Vented disc/vented disc
Drivetrain
Front engine, front wheel drive
Top Speed (km/h)
220
240
0-100km/h Time (seconds)
9.8
8.2
Steering
Hydraulic power
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
9.6
9.9
Tank Capacity (L)
70
Emission Level
China/Euro V
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4861
Overall Width (mm)
1820
Overall Height (mm)
1462
Wheelbase (mm)
2755
Track (front/rear, mm)
1524/1530
Ground Clearance (mm)
130
Turning Diameter (m)
11.8
Curb Weight (kg)
1590
1600
Seating Capacity
5
Trunk Volume (L)
530
  D280 Fashion D280 Comfort D280 Elite D280 Luxury D320 Elite D320 Luxury
Exterior  
Tires
Michelin 235/45 R17
Automatic Headlights N N S S S S
Auto-leveling Xenon Headlights with Washers N N N S N S
LED Daytime Running Lights N N N S N S
"Follow-me-home" Lights S S S S S S
Front Fog Lamps
S S S S S S
Power Exterior Mirrors S S S S S S
Heated and Power Folding Exterior Mirrors N N S S S S
UV-blocking Windows N S S S S S
Rain-sensing Boneless Windshield Wipers N S S S S S
Alloy Wheels S S S S S S
Anti-pinch Power Sunroof N N S S S S
Interior  
Intelligent Key, One-touch Engine Start N S S S S S
Cruise Control N N S S S S
Paddle Shifter N S S S S S
One-touch Anti-pinch Power Windows S S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S S
Auto Anti-glare Interior Rearview Mirror N N S S S S
Multi-function Steering Wheel S S S S S S
Rear Sunshade N S S S S S
Leather Seats and Steering Wheel N N S S S S
Front Row Power Seats N S S S S S
Driver’s Memory Seat N N S S S S
Driver’s Power Lumbar Support N N N S N S
Front Row Heated and Ventilated Seats N N N S N S
Radio/USB/AUX/CD Player S S S S S S
Number of Speakers 11 11 11 12 11 12
GPS, 8-inch Touch Screen, DVD Theatre, Blue-tooth Connectivity, Bose 11+1 Audio System N N N S N S
Speed-sensing Volume Control S S S S S S
Night Panel S S S S S S
Dual-zone Auto Air Conditioner S S S S S S
Air Quality Control System S S S S S S
Cooling Storage Box S S S S S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S S
Front Side Airbags S S S S S S
Side Curtain Airbags N N S S S S
Front Row Active Head Restraints N S S S S S
ABS, EBD S S S S S S
CBC, BAS, TCS, HSA

S

S S S S S
TPMS N S S S S S
BOSCH 9.0 ESP S S S S S S
Seatbelt Reminder S S S S S S
Driver Fatigue Monitor S S S S S S
Speeding Alert

S

S S S S S
Remote Key S S S S S S
Electronic Anti-theft System S S S S S S
Child Restraint S S S S S S
Front and Rear Parking Sensors S S S S S S
Rearview Camera N N S S S S
Blind Spot Detection S S S S S S

1.8T Versions:

2013 BAIC Senova (Shenbao) D Series: 1.8T Models (D230) 1.8T AT Government 1.8T Executive
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 188,000 211,600
Date of Market Launch
May 11, 2013
Powertrain
Engine
B185R Turbo 1.8L (1799cc) L4 16V DOHC
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
130/5500
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
240/1800-4500
Transmission
5AT
Suspension Front
MacPherson struts, independent
Suspension Rear
Multi-link independent
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/disc
Drivetrain
Front engine, front wheel drive
Top Speed (km/h)
200
0-100km/h Time (seconds)
10.9
Steering
Hydraulic power assisted
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
9.3
Tank Capacity (L)
70
Emission Level
China/Euro IV/V
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4861
Overall Width (mm)
1820
Overall Height (mm)
1462
Wheelbase (mm)
2755
Track (front/rear, mm)
1524/1530
Ground Clearance (mm)
130
Turning Diameter (m)
11.8
Curb Weight (kg)
1600
Seating Capacity
5
Trunk Volume (L)
530
Exterior
Tires
235/45 R17
Automatic Headlights S S
Auto-leveling Xenon Headlights with Washers S S
LED Daytime Running Lights S S
"Follow-me-home" Lights S S
Front Fog Lamps
S S
Power Exterior Mirrors S S
Heated and Power Folding Exterior Mirrors S S
UV-blocking Windows S S
Rain-sensing Boneless Windshield Wipers S S
Alloy Wheels S S
Anti-pinch Power Sunroof S S
Interior    
Intelligent Key, One-touch Engine Start S S
Cruise Control S S
Paddle Shifter S S
One-touch Anti-pinch Power Windows S S
Power Door Locks S S
Auto Anti-glare Interior Rearview Mirror S S
Multi-function Steering Wheel S S
Rear Sunshade S S
Leather Seats and Steering Wheel S S
Front Row Power Seats S S
Driver’s Memory Seat S S
Driver’s Power Lumbar Support S S
Front Row Heated and Ventilated Seats S S
Second Row Heated and Ventilated Seats N S
Rear Massage Seats N S
Radio/USB/AUX/CD Player S S
Number of Speakers 12 12
GPS, 8-inch Touch Screen, DVD Theatre, Blue-tooth Connectivity, Bose 11+1 Audio System S S
Color Displays for Back Seaters N S
Speed-sensing Volume Control S S
Night Panel S S
Dual-zone Auto Air Conditioner S S
Air Quality Control System S S
Cooling Storage Box S S
Refrigerator N S
Safety    
Dual Front Airbags S S
Front Side Airbags S S
Side Curtain Airbags S S
Front Row Active Head Restraints S S
ABS, EBD S S
CBC, BAS, TCS, HSA S S
TPMS S S
BOSCH 9.0 ESP S S
Seatbelt Reminder S S
Driver Fatigue Monitor S S
Speeding Alert S S
Remote Key S S
Electronic Anti-theft System S S
Child Restraint S S
Front and Rear Parking Sensors S S
Rearview Camera S S
Blind Spot Detection S S