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Beijing Auto International Corporation or BAIC (pronounced as baik) has officially introduced Malaysia’s first locally-assembled electric vehicle (EV) – the EV200.

To be built either in Gurun or Pekan, as part of a joint venture between BAIC and local partner Amber Dual, the EV200 is said to be built on the previous-gen Smart ForFour’s platform, with styling derived from the first-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The Malaysian-market models represent the first right-hand drive units for the Chinese brand.

The EV is powered by an electric motor rated at 40 hp and 102 Nm which drives the front wheels, paired with a 30.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In terms of performance, the EV200 will make the 0-100 km/h sprint in 13 seconds and will hit a top speed of 125 km/h.

Said batteries also provide a claimed driving range of up to 200 km following the NEDC cycle, and they are produced by a joint venture between BAIC and South Korea’s SK Group.

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For Malaysia, three variants of the EV200 will be offered – Relaxing Version, Showy Version and Enjoyable Version, the latter being the range-topper. Six exterior colours are available as well – Madrid red, Alpine white, Milan silver, Hamburg grey, Deep blue and Champs elysees gold.

Standard exterior equipment found on all variants include 14-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps, and rear combination taillights. Aside from the Relaxing Version, all variants come with UV-resistant glass, electric side mirrors, parking sensors and a rearview camera.

As for the cabin, the kit list is largely shared across the range, with items such as a 6.2-inch LED multi-info display, fabric seats, three-spoke steering wheel and automatic air-conditioning being present.

All cars also come with a double-DIN infotainment unit linked to an 8-inch colour display. The entry-level variant’s unit features MP5 playback and navigation function, whereas the remaining variants tag on additional features corresponding to the car’s electric powertrain systems.

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The accompanying mobile app also comes with a remote control function on top of remote data query for all variants save for the Relaxing Version as well. Moreover, they come with a six-speaker sound system compared to the four-speaker setup on the base variant.

In terms of safety, the EV200 comes with dual front airbags (driver and front passenger), anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution.

The company did not reveal the pricing for the EV200 during the model’s debut here at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) as the company will only begin sales next year, by which time they will be announced.