China’s New Bestune B70 Copies Cadillac CT5 Design
Chinese automakers have a bad habit of seeing something they like and copying it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as the saying goes, but such copying is never good for either company. The latest example comes in the form of FAW’s new third-generation Bestune B70, formerly Besturn B70. It is significantly more upscale than its predecessor while borrowing the already well-worn design of the Cadillac CT5.
The similarities in their designs are easy to spot, although FAW has made a respectable effort to give the design its own twist. The B70 makes its best CT5 impression from a side view. Here, it’s easy to see the B70’s greenhouse and how it features a similar rear kick just like the Cadillac.
The lighting elements also look similar, although they are a better match to what’s on the new CT4, with the B70 mimicking Cadillac’s big box models. However, for all the similarities, there are small differences. Up front, the headlights flank a unique vertical grille that looks nothing like what you see on a Cadillac. It’s similar news at the rear with a full-width lighting element connecting the taillights, which extend into the body of the car.
The new B70 marks a surprising departure from its predecessor, which looks fairly generic inside and out. The new B70 is a notable advance in car design; however, it still has a ho-hum powertrain – a turbocharged 1.5-liter making 169 horsepower (126 kilowatts). That’s not a lot, especially for something as luxurious as the B70. The mill will be paired with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
The new Bestune B70 may marry the styling of the CT5, but it’s actually a bit smaller than the Cadillac, measuring 189.3 inches (481 centimeters) compared to the American 194.4-inch sedan. The new B70 will go on sale in China before the end of the year.