FAW in China is in process of launching its flagship R9 SUV, which is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April. Also known as AutoChina, the largest auto show in China will open its doors on 25th April 2018.
Last week FAW released the first official photo of the R9 SUV, now it is reported that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) under the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT) of China has approved the FAW R9 to be sold in the land of Dragons.
Originally the R9 was to be placed under FAW’s Senia (Xenia) range of vehicles. However according to a decision taken by FAW’s Besturn Business Unit in December, ‘Senia’ will be brought into Besturn’s fold for marketing purposes. This also applies to the R7, a derivative of which, interestingly, already exists in the Besturn range- the X40 SUV.
The R9 will be powered by a 1.2 liter turbocharged engine with 143 hp and 215 Nm, mated to a five-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox, sending power to the front wheels. The flagship SUV will go on sale in China in May 2018.
The R9 will be slotted above the R7 SUV which was caught testing in Karachi last year. Reportedly Al-Haj FAW is working on the launch the R7 SUV in Pakistan in Q1 2019.