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BMW Partner Brilliance Introduces 530 Sedan

If there’s one thing that the Chinese are good at is making a copy, and the latest addition from Brilliance Automotive, the Chinese partner of BMW, which has arrived at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, is no exception. The 530 sedan will replace the older BS4 in export markets.

The car will go on sale this year in China, powered by a newly developed 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder rated at 136 horsepower and 148 pound-feet (200 Nm) of torque. Other engines that could end up under the bonnet could include a 1.8-liter, in both normally aspirated and turbocharged forms.

The 530 shows strong BMW influences, which are profound and pronounced, as Brilliance takes great pride in being the Chinese partner of the German luxury car maker.

In 2010, Brilliance apparently got to work on a new platform that will sit higher than the BS4 and FSV compact sedans and will be considered a sports platform, taking the best from the BS4 and the best from the Brilliance Coupe to make a compact sports sedan. The new platform will form the basis of a new SUV that is expected to make an appearance towards the end of 2011.

Here are a list of specifications for the car:
  • External dimensions: 4708mm/1788mm/1475mm (length/width/height).
  • Suspensions: front MacPherson independent, rear torsion beam semi-independent.
  • Powertrain: a 1.6-liter (4A92) rated 87kW/6000rpm and 151Nm/4000rpm, matched to a 5MT; for a future performance version, 530 will get a turbo-charged 1.5-liter (BM15T) putting out a maximum of 100kW of power and 200Nm of torque, to be mated with a 5AT.
  • Key Features: intelligent start/stop system, ESC (electronic stability control), cruise control, GPS/DVD, rearview camera, six airbags, and one-touch dual pane sunroof.
  • Projected release date: this summer.
  • Estimated price: 70,000 Yuan to 100,000 Yuan.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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