BAIC unveils new MPV

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The BAIC BJ20 is a very affordable but quality SUV from China that the company plans to compete with the SUV big boys. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC) Philippines recently launched its latest offerings in the market. BAIC president and CEO George Chua led the introduction of the entry-level variant of the Bravo lineup, the BJ20, as well as the newly-configured MPV — the M50S.

Developed from the Beijing Auto Concept 500 demonstrator, the BJ20 was first revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 but was only launched globally in 2016. It looks similar to European car brands with a rugged, all-around runabout look.

The four-wheel drive compact crossover is powered by a Mitsubishi 4A91T turbocharged MIVEC VVT engine and is controlled by a continuously variable transmission. The result of this combination is 147 horsepower and 210 Nm of torque. The BJ20 crossover is offered in two variants, with price ranging from P1.148 million for the Turbo CVT standard to P1.228 million for the Luxury edition.

Meanwhile, the M50S is the incremental update for the BAIC M20, which was introduced locally two years ago. The three-row MPV is offered in manual transmission with an eight-seater version or a seven-seater variant.

The M50S is fitted with a DAM15DL 1.5-liter dual VVT engine that runs on gasoline and puts out 114 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. The M50S is priced at P638,000 for the luxury line and P668,000 for the seven-seater ultra-luxe version.

“We had to work hard to look for models that the Philippine motoring public wanted and needed at a price that would still be affordable. Hence, we are here today to introduce the first salvo of new products that we are introducing in the Philippines, the BJ20 SUV and the M50S MPV,” Chua said.

During the event, Chua disclosed the arrival of the automatic transmission variant of the M50S before the year ends.

“We’re looking (to introduce) one more (variant), hopefully before or in time for the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS),” Chua shared.

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