Borgward has introduced in Frankfurt their first new model after more than 50 years of absence.
The name and appearance might tempt you to believe this is a German product, but in reality the resurrected Borgward is owned by Foton Motor from China where the BX7 crossover will be built. The vehicle is 4.7 meters long and has a versatile cabin that can carry five, six or seven people while the trunk capacity stands at 1,344 liters if you fold down the second and third rows of seats.
In terms of power, the model will be sold with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo producing 224 PS (165 kW) and 300 Nm (222 lb-ft) of torque sent to a four-wheel drive system through a dual-clutch gearbox. This hardware arrangement grants the Borgward BX7 with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in less than 10 seconds and a top speed in excess of 124 mph (200 km/h).
There's also going to be a plug-in hybrid version which is believed to have a combined output of 401 PS (295 kW) coming from the same 2.0-liter turbo teamed up with an electric motor. It will be able to run in electric mode for up to 34 miles (55 km) before it runs out of battery juice.
We only have a couple of pictures of the interior cabin at this point, but we know the infotainment system has a 12.3-inch touchscreen display and offers full support for Android and iOS devices. It boasts Nappa leather sport seats with diamond stitching, along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, many numerous leather surfaces and a brushed aluminum trim.
The Borgward BX7 is programmed to go on sale initially in China, but it will eventually arrive in Europe sometime next year. Based on what we know so far, it will start at approximately €26,000 in Germany.
Check out the attached press release for additional information.