BAIC Launches New Crossover, MPV Models in BJ20, M50S

BAIC M50S
Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC) Philippines launches its latest offerings in the market despite the leadership's claim on the ill-effects of the tax reform program under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law Package I. BAIC president and CEO George Chua led the introduction of the entry-level variant of the Bravo lineup, the BJ20, as well as the newly-configured MPV which is the M50S.
BAIC BJ20 © Ruben Manahan IV for CARMUDI PHILIPPINES
Developed from the Beijing Auto Concept 500 demonstrator, the BJ20 was first revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 but was only launched globally in 2016. It looks very similar to the European car brands with its very rugged, all-around runabout look. For its powertrain, the four-wheel drive compact crossover is propelled by a Mitsubishi 4A91T turbocharged MIVEC VVT engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. The result of this combination is 147 hp and 210 Nm of torque. The BJ20 crossover is said to be offered in two variants, with the price ranging from P1.148 million for the Turbo CVT standard to P1.228 million for the Luxury edition.
BAIC M50S © Ruben Manahan IV for CARMUDI PHILIPPINES
Meanwhile, the M50S is said to be the “incremental update for the BAIC M20," which was introduced locally two years ago. The three-row MPV is offered with a manual transmission, with an eight-seater version or a seven-seater variant. The M50S is fitted with a DAM15DL 1.5-liter dual VVT engine that runs of gasoline and puts out 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque. The M50S is priced at PHP638,000 for the luxury line and PHP668,000 for the seven-seater ultra-luxe version. In his speech, Chua said that the introduction of the new models is the result of the research for the Philippine automotive market's demands.

George Chua

"It would seem that 2018 is still a challenging year with the implementation of the tax reform program under the TRAIN PACKAGE 1 at the start of this year," said Chua. "Not only did the the most popular segment of vehicles get hit with higher excise tax, the first salvo of excise tax on both gasoline and diesel were also implemented at the same time causing a worrisome 14 percent decline in automotive sales." We had to work hard to look for models that the Philippine motoring public wanted and needed at a price that would still be affordable. Hence, we are here today to introduce the first salvo of new products that we are introducing in the Philippines, the BJ20 SUV and the M50S MPV," he added. During the event, Chua immediately revealed to the public the arrival of the automatic transmission variant of the M50S before the year ends. "We're looking (to introduce) for one more (variant), hopefully before or in time for the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS)," Chua shared. [gallery size="vw_two_third_thumbnail_no_crop" ids="43057,43058,43066,43065">   [gallery size="vw_two_third_thumbnail_no_crop" ids="43060,43064,43061,43062">

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