2017 Borgward BX7 SUV heat-tested in the Middle East

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 by

Recently launched in the GCC, puts its BX7 SUV through its paces right here in the UAE. And, it’s coming to the 2017 Dubai motor show

BORGWARD BX7 UAE Test

Last month Auto Middle East reported on the GCC launch of the resurrected German marque Borgward. And now, a set of images from the company’s flagship BX7 SUV undergoing hot-weather testing in the UAE have popped into our inbox.

The SUV will be the first all-new model to go on sale in our market, and will be showcased at the 2017 Dubai motor show in November.

The tests which were conducted over 10 days earlier this month in locations like the Al Aweer desert in the peak of summer, were aimed at measuring the BX7’s off-road capability as well.

BORGWARD BX7 UAE Test

The company’s iAWD (Intelligent All Wheel Drive) system melds BorgWarner’s fifth-generation AWD tech and TRW’s intelligent electronic stability control system. BorgWarner supplies its all-wheel drive technology to several automotive manufacturer’s, most notably Volvo for its all-new XC90 SUV.

“Now the engineering team is conducting local testing here in the United Arab Emirates to ensure the BX7 is technically perfect for the Middle East launch. The pre-launch testing is part of a comprehensive pre-launch strategy by Borgward as we move into one of the most important markets for us,” says Philipp Schmitt, chief electrical engineer of Borgward Group AG.

According to Schmitt the BX7 was tested across the UAE, including clocking several highway miles between Dubai and Al Ain, as well as Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, with great results.

BORGWARD BX7 UAE Test

The BX7 is said to have met all requirements of AC performance, whilst idling, driving and on challenging mountain passes with several elevation changes.

“The engineering team has conducted numerous tests covering the length and breadth of the UAE, testing the BX7 on different road conditions, environment and temperatures. Checking on key performance under the August sun has been an ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate the capabilities of the vehicle under local conditions,” concludes Schmitt.

Borgward’s engine line-up includes two turbocharged units with capacities of 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre respectively. The larger unit making 211bhp and 300Nm will power the BX7, with the smaller engine reserved for the BX5 crossover. The company plans to introduce a 1.4-litre turbo hybrid model with a system total of over 250 horsepower and 450Nm of torque.

While regional pricing for the BX7 is yet to be announced, we expect it to be competitive, given the superb value new generation of SUVs from established brands offer.

 

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