Borgward is a German brand that ceased operations in the 1960’s but has been revived by China’s Beiqi Foton Motor, a subsidiary of BAIC. The BX5 is its second model, after the larger BX7. The BX5 is slightly smaller and has sportier lines. Its modern and clean design both inside and out helps it stand out among other domestic crossovers and wouldn’t stand out in the European streets, something Borgward is still planning as well. The BX5 is powered by a 1,8T with 190hp/280Nm mated to a 6AT, and offers optional 4WD. A 1,4T including a hybrid version of that powertrain are expected to arrive later. Dimensions are 4.483/1.876/1.677mm with a 2.685mm wheelbase.
Upon introduction, the BX5 is available with a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 190hp, built by Foton with Mitsubishi technology. A plug-in hybrid version with a combined output of 250hp is planned for a later introduction.
Prices range from 149.800 yuan to 216.800 yuan (€19.400,- / US$21,800 to €28.100 / US$31.500), which is premium pricing for a domestic brand, considering the pricing of rivals like the Chery Tiggo 5 (88.800 yuan) or the Changan CS75 (92.800 yuan). In fact, the BX5 is entering foreign brand territory, rivaling the Jeep Compass (159.800 yuan) and the Hyundai Tucson (159.900 yuan).