Borgward electric SUV previewed by BXi7 concept

Borgward BXi7 side view

German brand Borgward has revealed an all-electric concept, previewing a possible production SUV.

Called the Borgward BXi7, it uses the Borgward BX7 SUV as its basis, and when put into production, it will be aimed at the Chinese market.

If you’ve never heard of Borgward, we don’t blame you – the brand has had a 54-year hiatus before being resurrected by Chinese company Foton at the 2015 Geneva motor show.

The company says that in its heyday, Borgward had more than 23,000 employees, with over a million vehicles being produced at its German factory.

Now, the company has a manufacturing facility back in Germany, but with Chinese financing. And the BXi7 could be the ticket to putting it back on the map.

Borgward BXi7 front view

The BXi7 has two electric motors which when combined will produce 272hp and a healthy 400Nm of torque.

Borgward says it’s enough to propel the all electric SUV to the obligatory 100km/h sprint in just 6.5 seconds, which is definitely quick enough for most traffic situations. Top speed is said to be 200km/h.

While the company hasn’t released details on the lithium-ion battery pack’s energy density (which is the real key with EVs), but Borgward says it can travel up to 500km on a single charge.

The charging time, meanwhile, is said to take just 30 minutes which will give you up to 80 per cent charge. Now, that’s using a rapid charger at a charging station, of course, so your home power socket will take a few hours, but we’re still awaiting more detail on how long exactly.

Borgward calls the BXi7’s powertrain an “innovating electric drive” and it’s fitted with a new “intelligent thermal management system” which allows the battery to shrug off outside temperatures, even if they’re as low as minus 30 degrees C, or even as high as 55 degrees C.

Borgward BXi7 rear view

While only a concept at this stage, its unveiling at the Shanghai auto show was an surely an announcement of intention to produce, and Borgward says it wants to reach 800,000 vehicles per year by the year 2020 andto increase that to 1.6 million vehicles by 2025.

Ambitious? Sure, but at least it has a goal. And helping here was getting Anders Warming, the former Mini design chief, on board and putting him in charge of Borgward’s design studio.

Also revealed at Auto Shanghai was the BX6, which appears to have been modelled on the Mercedes-Maybach SUV concept.

The BX-6 is a midsized SUV/coupe which is designed to take on the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

Borgward BXi7
Body Four-door, 5/6/7-seater SUV, self-supporting and reinforced lightweight steel body with safety passenger cell, energy-absorbing crash zones front/back, side impact protection
Length mm 4,715
Width mm 1,911
Height mm 1,690
Wheelbase mm 2.760
Axle track f/r mm 1,610 / 1,610
Storage space min. / max. l N.N. / N.N.
Seats 5
Motor Permanent excited synchronous motor
System power kW/hp 200 / 272
Max. torque N 400
Battery type Lithium-ion
Drive Permanent torque-on-demand all-wheel drive
Transmission system Single-stage transmission system
Maximum speed km/h 200
Acceleration 0-100 km/h sec. 6.5
Range depending on battery charge km 500
Front axle McPherson axle, transverse control arm, spring struts, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorber, anti-roll bar
Rear axle Multi-arm axle, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorber
Brakes Electronically controlled regenerative braking system, disc brakes front and rear, ventilated disc brakes front, ABS, EBD, braking assistant, electric handbrake, auto hold
Steering Electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering
Wheels / tyres 8.5 J x 18 / 235/60 R 18, tyre pressure monitoring system

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