With the 2012 Beijing motor show just days away, a number of strangely familiar concept and production cars have started appearing online.
Among the most recognisable is a hatchback from Chinese car maker Brilliance. Called the ‘It’s Me’ (above), the small car appears to borrow heavily from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, with the headlights, grille shape, side profile and disguised rear door handles reminiscent of the Italian five-door, which is not currently sold in China.
It’s unclear if the It’s Me is a production car or merely a concept at this stage.
Brilliance, which is tied to BMW in a joint venture, will debut five other production and concept cars in Beijing, including the X1-inspired V5 SUV; the Greater China II large luxury sedan concept (above); the H230, which has hints of the Hyundai i40 in its front-end; and the creatively named Jinbei Sea Lion, an electric minibus with the styling of a Toyota HiAce.
The Brilliance V5 (below) will be a premium offering in China’s compact SUV market, available with all-wheel-drive, cruise control and electronic stability control.
Meanwhile, the Chinese company that purchased the rights to the platform and selected drivetrains of the last-generation Saab 9-5 will unveil its first Saab-based product at the show.
Beijing Automotive Industry has released a black and white sketch of the car, which reports suggest may have been styled by Italian design house Pininfarina.
The Beijing C70 is set to go on sale in China before the end of 2012.
CarAdvice will be live at the 2012 Beijing motor show from April 23. Stay tuned for our full coverage.
Note: Images from BitAuto blog.