Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation, the official distributor of Baic vehicles in the country, on Friday introduced its new compact crossover SUV and multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) based on the brand’s M20 MPV platform.
The front fascia of the new Baic BJ20 is similar to the Jeep Evoque, but has a different in the number of holes on the grille, flanked by round and staring headlights with blue-toned reflector discs. Jeep has seven holes, while Baic’s new compact crossover SUV has five.
The BJ20’s daylight running lights (DRL) are located above the headlights, while the park lights are located on the car’s front bumper. To depict the straightforwardness of the vehicle, the flanks are ridged and the spartan character lines are continued to the roof line and fender wells.
Dedicated to the Philippine market, the Baic BJ20 has a 215 mm ground clearance and 18-inch alloy wheels, making the vehicle capable of crossing the potholes and uneven road conditions.
Powering the Baic BJ20 is Mitsubishi’s 4A91T turbocharged 1.5-liter Euro 5-compliant gasoline engine that has the three-diamond brand’s trademark MIVEC variable valve timing (VVT) system. The engine is capable of producing 147 hp at 6000 rpm and 155 lb-ft. of torque at 2000 to 4500 rpm. Instead of having a 5- or 6-speed automatic gearbox, the BJ20 is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
For the occupants’ safety, the Baic BJ20 is equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBS), electronic stability program (ESP), front and rear parking sensors, auto-hold parking system, tire pressure monitoring system, rear-view camera, anti-theft system, ISOFIX, and rear door child safety lock.
Meanwhile, the Baic M50S is the updated model of the M20 three-row MPV. This updated model has a rugged body-on-frame construction and a rear-wheel drive solid axle. To enhance its durability, the MPV is equipped with black polymer cladding that protects the bodywork against typical, everyday wear caused by road debris and lane-splitting motorcycle riders.
Under its hood is a DAM15DL 1.5-liter Euro 5-compliant gasoline engine that can deliver an output of 114 hp and 111 lb-ft. of torque by means of an advanced dual variable valve timing (DVVT) valvetrain.
Like the M20, the M50S has a 2790 mm wheelbase, giving a smooth and stable ride like a sedan, and not like a van. Its electrically assisted steering wheel has infotainment control buttons for easier control on the console.
For the M50S, safety functions include ABS with EBD, dual airbags, child safety lock, ISOFIX, automatic door lock while moving, electronic power steering (EPS), anti-theft system, central locking, and rear-view camera.
Below are the prices of the Baic BJ20 and M50S:
1.5L Turbo CVT Standard variant– Php 1,148,000
1.5L Turbo CVT Luxury Edition – Php 1,288,000
Luxury – Php 638,000
Ultra-Luxury – Php 668,000