Borgward is back - and after more than 50 years out of the car-making saddle, the German brand has produced a new SUV as its comeback model.
The first is a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 165kW, matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electronically-controlled all-wheel-drive system.
A plug-in hybrid version will also be on show in Frankfurt; featuring the same 2.0 litre petrol engine driving the front wheels while an electric motor provides power for the rear wheels.
Together, the two units provide 295kW of power and the electric motor is good for around 55km of emissions-free driving from a full charge.
Inside, the new SUV offers up to 1344 litres of storage, depending on the seat configuration, along with a 12-inch infotainment screen with a 360-degree camera, Wi-Fi hotspot and the usual smartphone connectivity.
Safety features include collision assist, brake assist, adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection.
Called the BX7, the name for the new model may be a deliberate choice as a ‘China-friendly’ option, given China is tipped to be a key market for the reborn Borgward.
In fact, Chinese buyers will be among the first to be given the opportunity to purchase the BX7 from early next year, with sales to European markets set to commence later next year.
Borgward has already lined up a partner for the Chinese market in a deal with Foton.
Pricing for the European market is tipped to start at around €26,000 (AU$41,500). No word yet on whether Borgward plans to sell the BX7 in the Australian market, or indeed any right-hand-drive market.
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