Borgward BX7 heading to Frankfurt, smart design & advanced tech

A new SUV has risen from China, called the Borgward BX7. It features a surprisingly smart and sophisticated design, which looks to be inspired by Audi and BMW SUVs.

2015 Borgward BX7-driving

Full details will be revealed at the Frankfurt show starting tomorrow, however, some initial details have surfaced. It’s understood it will be available as a five-seater or seven-seater, measuring around 4700mm in length (about the same as the Mitsubishi Outlander [4695mm]).

In the engine bay a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is set to be available, producing around 165kW. The unit will apparently be connected up to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

A plug-in hybrid version is also set to join the lineup at some point, with talk of a combined output as serious as 295kW. In an electric-only mode it is said to offer a range of about 55km.

There are no images of the interior at this stage, but according to reports there is going to be a 12.3-inch touch-screen interface and multimedia system at least on some variants, with smartphone connectivity and even Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

Other advanced features set to be offered include radar cruise control for some variants, pedestrian detection technology, and a surround-view 360-degree exterior monitor.

On first impressions, the BX7 seems to blend a good mix of design and technology. It will go on sale in China and emerging markets before being introduced in other markets later down the track.

Borgward was a German car company from the early 1900s but it has since been bought out by Chinese-based Foton Motor.