Borgward BX5 now on sale in Malaysia – 1.4T 2WD and 2.0T AWD powertrains; 5 variants; price from RM119k

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It appears the Borgward BX5 has gone on sale in Malaysia, as the compact SUV was recently spotted at Juro Auto City in Penang along with an official price list. Sold as a locally-assembled (CKD) model, buyers get to choose from two powertrain options and five variants split between them, with prices starting from RM118,950 on-the-road without insurance.

The turbocharged engine line-up starts with a 1.4 litre four-cylinder that serves up 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,750-4,000 rpm, and is joined by a 2.0 litre four-pot that makes 224 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,500-4,500 rpm.

Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, but all-wheel drive is only available with the larger-capacity engine – the 1.4 litre powerplant is front-wheel drive only.

Two variants – 1.4T and 1.4T (TS) – are associated with the 1.4 litre engine, priced at RM118,950 and RM130,950 respectively. In terms of equipment, both come with automatic halogen headlamps with LED DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, single-zone air-conditioning, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, built-in toll reader and cruise control.

It’s only aesthetics where they differ, as the 1.4T (TS) adds on something called the TS Line package, along with a diamond front grille, red door sills, a centre console cover and fancier floor mats. There’s also exterior door visors and security window tint included with the 1.4T (TS).

Meanwhile, the BX5 with the 2.0 litre engine comes in 2.0T, 2.0T (TS) and 2.0T (CRS) guises, with the first two roughly mimicking the 1.4T and 1.4T (TS) in terms of equipment. Improvements here include front parking sensors, a powered tailgate that can be remotely operated (including for the windows), power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps and dual-zone air-conditioning with rear vents. The 2.0T goes for RM138,950, while the 2.0T (TS) retails at RM150,950.

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As for the 2.0T (CRS), it gets uprated floor mats that aren’t standard on the 2.0T (TS), but loses out on the TS Line package. Other standard items with the range-topping variant (priced at RM156,950) include glass coating and matte colour wrapping. On the topic of wheels, the brochure suggests 19-inch wheels for the all variants except the 2.0T (CRS), which appears to get larger 20-inch units. However, we believe this could be an error on the spec sheet, as previously, BX5 show cars had 17- and 18-inch wheels.

All variants come with six airbags (front, side and curtain), vehicle stability control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, an electronic parking brake (with auto hold), tyre pressure monitoring system, hill start assist and an electronic differential system – hill descent control is only for 2.0 litre variants.

Based on the material provided, buyers will also benefit from Borgward Privileges, which include an eight-year/unlimited mileage warranty, five years free service (including labour and parts), a Borgward RedBlack Card for two years of free petrol, roadside assistance (with free towing) and RedBlack Premier (cashback for five years).

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