BAIC Freedom is the brand’s offering in the compact truck segment. This vehicle can haul both cargo and people- making it a perfect compact truck for small businesses. The BAIC Freedom has a couple of options for moving people: five-seater double cab or a two-seater cab. The bed of the Chinese compact truck has almost the same size as those on midsize pickup trucks. The styling of the BAIC Freedom is basic and simple. The engine of the mini pickup truck from fro the Chinese brand is mid-mounted underneath the front seats despite having a cab-forward layout with a short hood. One of the unique characteristics of the BAIC Freedom is that it utilizes a unibody layout different from most pickups. It comes with an independent MacPherson strut layout in the front and a live axle with leaf springs at the back. Under the hood of the BAIC Freedom lies a 1.4L inline-4 gasoline engine that generated 94 horsepower and 115 Newton-meter of torque. The power produced by this powerplant is delivered to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. This mini pickup truck from BAIC can carry a load of 990 kilograms that is nearly equivalent to two tons. For its power, cargo capacity, and size, BAIC Freedom is an excellent option for people looking for an ideal vehicle for their business, especially for an affordable one.
The BAIC Freedom was launched during the inauguration of the BAIC Philippines flagship showroom in Makati last July 2017. The third-generation model of the BAIC Freedom now comes with a bigger size compared to its predecessor. BAIC Philippines claims that Freedom is the largest vehicle in its class.
The price range of the BAIC Freedom starts at Php 488,000 for the second-generation Single-cab Dropside flatbed to Php 768,000 for the third-generation Wing Van.
BAIC Philippines offers the Freedom in the following variant: Single-cab Dropside flatbed, Dual-cab Dropside flatbed, Welded Steel Closed Van, Riveted Aluminum Closed Van, Multi-purpose Passenger Van, and Wing Van.
The third generation BAIC Freedom has a length of 4400 mm, a width of 1528 mm, and a height of 1832 mm. It features a couple of sharp adjustable halogen headlamps that highlight the car's rugged styling. It also has a nice air dam.
The side profile of the compact truck got a boxier aura along with a dew tinge of linings. In general, the BAIC Freedom’s exterior may not be great, but for a delivery truck, the vehicle's exterior design is fine. Also included in the exterior features of the BAIC Freedom are the manually adjustable rearview mirror, wheel covers, remote fuel lid opener, and power antenna.
The interior of the BAIC Freedom is dominated by hard plastics all over the cabin, which is a usual setting for a compact truck. The vehicle comes with an AM/FM radio connected to the speakers and a manual air conditioning system for the driver and passenger’s convenience.
The seats of the BAIC Freedom is upholstered by leather, which is also adjustable and also comes with a heater and automatic headlamps on the ceiling of the vehicle.
New-generation models of the BAIC Freedom have more unique materials in the cabin, including a wooden-finished instrument console.
Technology & Safety Features
Since the BAIC Freedom is a mini pickup truck, it does not have the tech and safety features present in most passenger vehicles. However, it comes with the necessary features for driver and passenger convenience. The Chinese mini pickup truck is equipped with front and side-impact beams, and the Anti-lock braking system is available for higher trims. The base unit is employed with a 1-DIN head unit, while higher variants have radio MP3 with a two-speaker sound system instead.
Platform & Chassis
The BAIC Freedom is an affordable hauler that can haul both people and cargo despite its size. The single cab can accommodate two occupants while the double cab can seat five people. The mini pickup truck dimensions from the Chinese brand are 4620 mm long, 1700 mm wide, and 2450 mm tall for the single cab. The double cab has a length of 2850, and the rest of the dimensions are the same.
Both variants are equipped with a rigid axle leaf spring suspension in both its front and rear. The stopping power is handled by front disc brakes and rear trailing shoe drums.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Chinese mini-pickup truck is powered by a 1.4L inline-4 gasoline engine that generates 94 horsepower and 115 Newton-meter of torque. The power produced by this powerplant is delivered to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The unit is also Euro-4 compliant, and the top speed is 130 kilometers per hour. This engine is proven and tested for its durability and reliability. The k14B series employed in the BAIC Freedom balances economy, power, and efficiency.