BAIC has announced that the Beijing X55 is heading to South Africa, with the “innovation-driven” compact SUV scheduled to make its way here towards the end of the year.  

Beijing X55

The Chinese manufacturer says the “avant-garde”-styled Beijing X55 is characterised by electrification, intelligence, connectivity and sharing. The firm also says the crossover offers “excellent” power, “advanced” technologies and the “latest generation” of the BIAC Group’s BMFA (Beijing modular functional architecture) chassis. This platform will also underpin future models and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) offerings. 

Basil Costa, Senior Manager at BAIC South Africa, says the Beijing X55 boasts a sophisticated interior and exterior design. “The futuristic design is truly visible in every aspect of the vehicle.” The compact crossover sports LED lights and “hidden” door handles, among others. 

Beijing x55

The interior features the automaker’s CarbitLink infotainment system, a digital instrument binnacle, and an “aircraft-style” steering mechanism. 3D light-effect ambient lighting is also present, as is a panoramic sunroof. Safety items include six airbags. 

The Beijing X55 has a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine coupled with a dual-clutch transmission. The engine produces 130 kW and 305 Nm of torque. BAIC claims a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 7.8 seconds. The average fuel consumption figure is a claimed 7.2 L/100 km. 

Pricing and full specification will be released closer to the official launch date.