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Beijing-based automaker BAIC has made its official debut in Malaysia, showcasing two models today. Chief among them is the X55, a C-segment SUV that competes with models like the Proton X70 and Honda CR-V.

The X55 will be offered in two variants – standard and premium – and is expected to be priced between RM12x,xxx And RM14x,xxx. It’s worth noting that the car shown here is a pre-production unit – the final CKD version is only scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of the year and will be assembled locally at the EP Manufacturing (EPMB) plant in Melaka.

Our previous report incorrectly classified the X55 as a B-segment SUV, but its dimensions easily put it in a class above. Measuring 4,620mm long, 1,886mm wide and 1,680mm high, the BAIC is almost 100mm longer, 55mm wider and just 14mm lower than the X70, while its wheelbase is 65mm longer at 2,735mm. In fact, it’s only slightly smaller than the benchmark Honda CR-V, which is 4,691mm long, 1,866mm wide and 1,691mm tall. Another indicator of the X55’s C-segment status is its independent multi-link rear suspension.

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Both variants are powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine that produces 188 hp at 5,500 rpm and 305 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. All of this is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, allowing the X55 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. Fuel consumption is stated at 7.2 liters per 100 km in the WLTP cycle.

Externally, the The closed front end gives the car an EV-like appearance, enhanced by the hexagonal bumper pattern reminiscent of the Lexus RX. There are also flush pop-out door handles.

At the rear there is a large split spoiler for a very sporty look. This is reinforced by four tailpipes, which are not present on the pre-production model but will be visible on the final versions, similar to the Proton X50. A two-tone color scheme with a black roof and black exterior mirrors is available as an option. Another distinctive feature of this particular car is the “Beijing” emblem, which is replaced by “BAIC” on retail outlets.

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Inside, the There’s also a “floating” center console with a flat gear selector, plenty of open storage space and a standard Qi wireless charger.

The front passengers sit on elegant, electrically adjustable seats with integrated headrests. The standard model has imitation leather upholstery, the Premium has red genuine leather as well as memory, heating and ventilation functions.

The X55 also features two 10-inch displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment, the latter integrating dual-zone climate control. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be Apple CarPlay or Android Auto functionality, but you at least get Bluetooth and six speakers.

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Other standard features include keyless entry, push-button start, a panoramic moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear air vents, a rearview camera, a power liftgate and six airbags. The Premium has ten-color ambient lighting that is visible in the doors.

One unknown is the level of driver assistance systems offered. The pre-production unit you see here doesn’t have them, but BAIC has promised that the final versions will have forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot warning. However, there will be neither lane keeping nor lane centering, and nothing is known about autonomous emergency braking.


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