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Bestune B70S Black Warrior Edition Is China’s Stealthiest SUV

Chinese automaker Bestune, owned by FAW Group, launched a new special edition of the B70S, called Black Warrior Edition. The model is one of the most aggressive-looking SUVs coming from China and comes with ICE-only powertrains at a rather affordable price tag.

The regular Bestune B70S was introduced just a few months ago, but that didn’t stop the company from presenting the Black Warrior Edition. As suggested by its name, the special edition brings a dark theme that accentuates the styling of the Chinese model.

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Unsurprisingly, the new Black Warrior Edition is painted in black, with glossy black accents on the roof rails, bumpers, side sills, and wheel arches. Those are combined with a set of duo-tone five-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers, and dual chrome tailpipes. It retains the styling cues of the standard B70S including a sporty front end with Cadilac-style LED headlights and large intakes, a large rear spoiler, and full-width LED taillights with a shape similar to the  Jaguar I-Pace.

Inside the cabin, we find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, another 7-inch touchscreen for the climate controls, leather, and Alcantara upholstery. The highlight is a 3D holographic virtual assistant that accepts voice commands and can even play the piano for the driver.

As reported by Car News China, the Bestune B70S measures 4,810 mm (189.4 inches) long with a 2,800 mm (110.2 inches) wheelbase. Those figures are identical to the Bestune B70 sedan which is also based on the same FAW Modular Architecture.

The B70S is available with two petrol engines, both sending power to the front wheels. The entry-level turbocharged 1.5-liter produces 167 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the more potent turbocharged 2.0-liter produces 221 hp (165 kW / 224 PS) and is mated to a six-speed auto making it a tad slower in terms of straight-line acceleration. Local media report that a plug-in hybrid variant will follow in the future.

Pricing for the Bestune B70S in China ranges between ¥109,900 – ¥142,900 which translates to $16,338 – $21,244. The Black Warrior Edition will debut at the 2022 Changchun Auto Show.

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