Sighted on a trailer yesterday, the Borgward BX7 and BX5 have made their ASEAN debut, the duo making their first public appearance in the country at the Malaysia Autoshow 2018, which kicked off today.

The two SUVs are being previewed – in left-hand drive form – ahead of an official announcement that will be made on April 29. No details have been offered, but it is very likely to centre around the appointment of the brand’s distribution network for the ASEAN region.

The two offerings from the German brand, which is owned by Chinese automaker Beiqi Foton Motor, a subsidiary of BAIC Group, are set to be locally assembled.

In an earlier report, Malaysia Automotive Institute CEO Datuk Madani Sahari was cited as saying that the brand – which is being handled locally by Go Bremen Motors – was set to decide on the location of its assembly plant soon, with the newly-created automotive hub in Bagan Datoh, Perak being mentioned as a potential site. The Gurun plant, which currently assembles Haval vehicles under sister company Go Auto, could also be a possibility.

Although pricing hasn’t been revealed, we’ve been told that the CKD programme for the vehicles will begin sometime in the third quarter of the year. Presumably, more details will be offered with the official announcement this weekend.

Borgward, which was formed in 1919 before going bankrupt in 1961, was resurrected in 2015, the BX7’s introduction in Frankfurt that year officially heralding the brand’s return.

Positioned by its maker as a “German branded, wide-bodied intelligent SUV” in the Chinese market, the BX7, available with five, six or seven seats, measures in at 4,715 mm long, 1,911 mm wide and 1,690 mm tall, with a 2,780 mm-long wheelbase.

It’s powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-pot offering 224 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. The mill is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission (there’s also a seven-speed dual-clutch on offer, but we aren’t likely to see that in the region), with power being applied to all corners via a permanent all-wheel drive system.

The BX5 made its debut a year later in Geneva, and the Asian market version of the five-seater is a little more compact, stretching the tape at 4,490 mm long, 1,877 mm wide and 1,675 mm tall, with a 2,685 mm-long wheelbase.

Motive power is provided by a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering 190 PS at 5,500 rpm and 280 Nm from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm. The unit is mated to a six-speed auto transmission, with all-wheel drive again on call. There’s also a downsized 1.4 litre turbo four-pot with 150 PS and 250 Nm, available in China. Local specs have yet to be revealed.

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