One of the largest Chinese automobile manufacturers, Bejing Automotive Industry Corp. (BAIC) announced the launch of its highly technologically advanced compact SUV.
One of the largest Chinese automobile manufacturers, Bejing Automotive Industry Corp. (BAIC) announced the launch of its highly technologically advanced compact SUV, characterised by electrification, intelligence, connectivity and sharing. It uses the latest generation of the BAIC Group’s BMFA (Beijing modular functional architecture) platform chassis, which underpins future vehicle models and plug-in hybrid vehicle models.
Mr Hugo Hu, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BAIC South Africa, explained that the company has invested in developing intelligent cars under a new brand, BEIJING underpinned by cooperation with its partners on intelligent connected vehicle technologies. “We’re bringing the best of breed in innovation, supported by Daimler’s technology who have been our main partner in China for years, operating Mercedes-Benz factories in Beijing through joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive.”
“The futuristic BEIJING X55 has sophisticated interior and exterior design”, says Mr Basil Costa, Senior Manager at BAIC South Africa and continues, “The futuristic design is truly visible in every aspect of the vehicle. The LED lights, floor door induction, hidden door hands, split rear wing and the shark fin aerial accentuates the vehicle’s ultramodern design. Opening the door is like shaking hands, with stylish high class sports car door handle design, which significantly reduces side wind resistance.”
It is highly competitive in its class, with superb craftsmanship, a large sloping windscreen, split tailgate, hidden door handles and wipers, so when driving in the rain the windscreen retains fewer raindrops and the windows on both sides of the driver and passenger sides are cleaner, which enhances safety. Ultra-low wind resistance, with a drag coefficient of 0,32 optimises performance and economy. The lively 1,5 litre turbo engine generates 130kW and is partnered with DCT. It sprints to 100km/h in 7,8 seconds, offering eco, comfort, sports and smart driving modes. This double Top 10 Powertrain winner also consumes only 7,2 litres/100km.