Reborn German carmaker Borgward has revealed that it will begin selling its models in the UK and Ireland starting next year. It has formed a strategic partnership with importer International Motors, which will be responsible for importing right-hand-drive Borgward models in late 2019.

Models expected to go on sale include the BX5 and BX7. The former is powered 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, paired to a six-speed auto transmission with all-wheel drive. There’s also a downsized 1.4 litre turbo four-pot with 150 PS and 250 Nm that’s available in China.

Moving on, the bigger BX7 (available in six- or seven-seat configurations) is motivated by a bigger 2.0 litre turbocharged four banger, offering 224 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. Transmission choices include a six-speed auto and seven-speed dual-clutch auto, with power being applied to all corners via a permanent all-wheel drive system.

According to Autocar, the line-up will be joined by both the BX5 and BX7’s all-electric counterparts, the BXi5 and BXi7. The BXi7 gets two independent electric motors with a combined torque of 390 Nm, which is good for 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 195 km/h.

It has a range of up to 375 km and can be charged up to 80% in 45 minutes. This is thanks to high-efficiency motors and a battery pack that maintains high performance at temperatures ranging from -30ºC to +55ºC.

Borgward was originally founded in 1919 in Bremen, and at the time it rivalled manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz throughout the 1950s, with cars such as the Hansa 1500, Isabella and P1000, before filing for bankruptcy in 1961. It is currently owned by Chinese automaker Beiqi Foton Motor, a subsidiary of Chinese giant BAIC, and the reborn marque is targeting the global premium SUV market.

Closer to home, Borgward had initially planned to introduce the BX5 and BX7 in the third quarter of 2018 in Malaysia, following the duo’s public appearance at the Malaysia Autoshow 2018. There were also plans for local assembly, with the newly created automotive hub in Bagan Datoh, Perak, named as a potential site. Things have gone quiet since.

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