Borgward has used the company’s academy of engineering ceremony to unveil the new BX6 and BXi7.
Starting with the BX6, the model is a compact crossover coupe which is designed to appeal to younger customers thanks to its “personalized look and aerodynamic optimization.” The draws inspiration from the BMW X4 and it features a prominent grille that is flanked by slender headlights and LED daytime running lights. Moving further back, we can see plastic body cladding, a dual exhaust system and a coupe-like design which isn’t very flattering.
The interior is another story as the model comes nicely equipped with a sport steering wheel, leather seats and wood trim. Other highlights include a 10-way power driver’s seat, a push button ignition and a dual-zone automatic climate control system. Drivers will also find an infotainment system with an eight-inch display.
Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 221 hp (165 kW / 224 PS) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which is paired to a standard all-wheel drive system which can detect slips and react within 0.12 seconds. The company declined to say how fast the crossover is but they confirmed it will consume 7.1 L/100km (33.1 mpg US / 39.7 mpg UK).
The Borgward BX6 will be launched in South America and the Middle East later this year. The crossover will eventually make its way to Southeast Asia in early 2019.
The more interesting of the two models is the electric BXi7. It features two electric motors that produce 238 hp (178 kW) and 390 Nm (287 lb-ft) of torque. This setup enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 195 km/h (121 mph).
Borgward declined to mention the battery’s capacity but lithium-ion battery pack enables the BXi7 to travel up to 375 km (233 miles) on a single charge. When the battery is depleted, a rapid charging system can deliver an 80 percent charge in as little as 45 minutes.
Besides offering an impressive range, the battery pack features an “intelligent thermal management system.” Borgward says this will enable the battery to perform optimally even when the outside temperature is between -30° C (-22° F) and 55° C (131° F).