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Set to arrive in Europe in 2020, we’ve been for an early drive in the Lynk & Co 02 SUV, here’s a chance you may not have heard of Lynk & Co. The brand only appeared at the end of 2016, but in that short space of time it has come a relatively long way. Two models are already on sale in China, with a third in the pipeline. Think of the company as Volvo’s more adventurous younger brother, and you’ll be on the right lines. It’ll be a few years until Lynk & Co appears in the UK with right-hand drive models, but the brand is coming, and the 02 – driven here for the first time – has been designed with a European market in mind. The company’s rapid growth has been made possible by the power of its parent company, Geely, one of China’s largest car makers. When Lynk & Co arrives it will be positioned as a more affordable alternative to Volvo; just as Skoda is to Volkswagen. But being cheaper doesn’t mean a sacrifice when it comes to design or tech; the 02 is essentially a Volvo XC40 in a new designer suit. Visually, it’s a welcome antidote to the current tidal wave of mundane and conservative SUVs - the 02’s more daring shape and design cues giving it real kerb appeal. It’s a similar story inside; the cabin is trimmed with a mix of leather, aluminium and textured plastics. A 10.2-inch display sits flush in the centre console and is controlled by touch or voice commands. In testament to how intuitive the infotainment system is to use, even in our Chinese spec test car the menus and sub menus were simple enough to navigate. The driving position is low, there’s lots of adjustment in the steering wheel and build quality is first rate. Our car rolled out of Lynk & Co’s brand new £1.4 billion state-of-the-art factory in Zhangjakou, on the outskirts of Beijing – and on this evidence, it looks like the negative connotations associated with being ‘Made in China’ will soon be a thing of the past. In Europe, every Lynk & Co model will be electrified, which means the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine we’re driving here won’t be offered. It will, however, form a basis of the plug-in hybrid version. In our car, the trademark three-cylinder thrum was well muted. Refinement has been a particular focus point in the car’s development, and that becomes more apparent as you begin to make progress. The light steering, cushioned ride and smooth seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox makes it a composed and civilized crossover to drive. It also packs a punch, developing 178bhp and 245Nm of torque. Power delivery is far smoother than the boosty and frantic nature many three-cylinder engines are known for; suiting the car’s more mature and refined character. At motorway speeds there was some noticeable wind noise around the A-Pillar, while the ride felt a little more unsettled – fidgeting over surfaces that seemed perfectly smooth to the naked eye. European cars will get a slightly tweaked suspension set-up, however. Our test route around the roads of the Zhangjakou plant didn’t give us the opportunity to fully assess the car’s handling, but it’s clear the car’s softer and more comfort-focused setup is unlikely to win favour with keener drivers. Despite it being relatively compact, the 02 is rather practical; there’s enough space for two six footers in the back with knee and headroom to spare. There are no boot measurements just yet but it’s clear the space is pretty standard for this type of vehicle. What’s not so standard is the way Lynk & Co will sell its vehicles. Buyers can pay for them outright – our top spec test car costing around 200,000 RMB in China (£23,000) – or pay one monthly fixed fee to cover all vehicle costs. It’s too early for any initial figures, but the complexity and hassle that monthly fee will remove from the car buying process will surely appeal to the younger customers Lynk & Co is targeting.
2018 Borgward BX7 TS car seen from outside and inside. The car was shown at Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 (IAA 2017).
Chinese-owned German brand Borgward will enter the Malaysian car market very soon. Borg-what now? Watch this video as we talk about the revived brand, the new BX5 and BX7 SUVs, their styling, quality and of course, pricing. Interested? More details and pics here: https://paul.my/Borgward-BX5-BX7-Malaysia
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Even back in the 1950s, particularly sporty Borgward models were given the initials “TS”. Borgward continues this tradition with the introduction of the BX7 TS Limited Edition. With their typical wing lines, the muscular and broad masculine shoulders enhance the energy of the body’s sides and extend the vehicle’s extravagantly sporty look, which is introduced at the front end. Above the sills, an elongated wing profile accentuates the sense of thrust that the Borgward BX7 TS Limited Edition conveys even when it is stationary. Classic offroad characteristics such as generous ground clearance, short body overhangs, and a high beltline all enhance the model’s SUV credentials and signal its ability to master many different types of terrain. Intuitive user friendliness, state-of-the-art infotainment, a high degree of networking with Internet access and extensive online services are all integral components of the Borgward brand philosophy. The B-Link Intelligent Connectivity System offers a high level of user friendliness in the BX7 TS Limited Edition. Depending on their preferences, the drivers have the choice whether they want to access and operate the infotainment menus using the direct access buttons, turn and press controls positioned in the centre console or the 12.3 inch touchscreen. With its comprehensive “B-Safe” safety concept the Borgward BX7 Limited Edition meets all the requirements with regards to maximum safety for its occupants. Active safety features can preventively identify potential hazards and therefore help avoid accidents. The vehicle structure and restraint systems also give the SUV the potential to pass international crash tests and safety ratings with flying colours. Systems such as the 360° dome camera also make handling the Borgward SUV even more comfortable particularly in confusing situations and help prevent minor damage. Parallel and diagonal parking manoeuvres are no problem at all and drivers can complete tight shunting manoeuvres in a narrow car park or in confusing terrain to the centimetre. And Borgward drivers don’t need to take narrow exits blind as the front and rear camera makes crossing pedestrians, cyclists and cars visible on the central display. The body with its highly stable passenger cell and defined deformable barriers at the front and rear is the reliable foundation for superb occupant protection. Crucial body sections are reinforced with high-strength, ultra high-strength or hot-rolled steel. Should, however, the worst come to the worst, several load paths distribute the impact energy in the event of a head-on, side or rear crash and therefore ensure that the deceleration values that are configured exactly to the passive safety equipment are as balanced as possible. So that the passive safety equipment remains as inactive as possible, the Borgward BX7 TS Limited Edition offers several preventive driver assistance systems that can prevent accidents as part of the “B-Safe” concept. These include, for example, the blind spot alert, road sign assistant or fatigue alert.
Borgward's BX7 is ready to hit the German market early next year, with a right-hand-drive BX5 being considered for the UK
Reborn German marque Borgward is preparing to launch in Europe, with the introduction of its largest car, the BX7, planned for the first quarter of 2018 in Germany and neighbouring countries.
A right-hand drive version of the smaller BX5 is the “next step”, according to Tom Anliker, Borgward’s Vice-President of marketing. Asked if it could come to Britain to serve in the ultra-competitive compact SUV segment, Anliker said “Yes, we are thinking about the UK”.
At the Guangzhou Motor Show, the sportiest version of the BX7 – known as the BX7 TS - was centre stage for the firm. A European market launch for this variant of the company’s largest SUV is planned too, priced from around €44,000 (£39,300 approx).
The BX7 itself has been homologated for left hand drive European markets and is now ready for launch. However, a right hand drive version has not been confirmed.
Re-launching the Borgward name – historically not known for SUVs – in a market like China, has granted the brand valuable experience before its German homecoming, according to Chief Design Officer Anders Warming.
The identity of the new Borgward is still something European consumers are unsure of, Warming added. The firm will use internet sales in Europe too, rather than open bespoke dealerships.