Borgward brings BX5 and BX6 TS plug-in hybrid SUVs to Geneva


Borgward BX5 and Projekt BX6 TS

Borgward BX5 and Projekt BX6 TS

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Revived German carmaker Borgward unveiled two new models at this week's 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Like the BX7 unveiled last fall at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, they're both crossovers, and are likely aimed at the Chinese market. Both have plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The Borgward BX5 is a smaller counterpart to the mid-size BX7, with similar styling. Borgward says it is a plug-in hybrid, with an internal-combustion engine producing 143 horsepower and electric motor rated at 115 hp, but doesn't give any other details. It says the BX5 is currently in the prototype stage but will soon be ready for series production.

Borgward's second new model is the Projekt BX6 TS, which looks like the carmaker's answer to the BMW X4 and upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Like those models, it has a low, coupe-like roofline, and, like a real coupe, there's only seating for four. The plug-in hybrid powertrain consists of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor. The "Projekt" designation indicates the BX6 TS is only a concept vehicle, for now at least.

Today's Borgward has little to do with the original company thank went bankrupt in 1961, although founder Carl F.W. Borgward's Christian Borgward is onboard and working with Chinese industrial giant Foton to revive the Borgward name.

So far, only the BX7 unveiled in Frankfurt has been confirmed for production. It will go on sale in China later this year. From there, Borgward will target other emerging markets like India, Russia, and certain South American countries. Borgward hopes to start European sales in 2017, but U.S. sales are unlikely.

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