It was in 2014 when BAIC officially launched its brand in the Philippines. But it was only in 2019 when BAIC officially released the M50S. We all know what kind of reputation most China-based products have in the Philippines. But the 2019 BAIC M50S may be a good product to change your mind.
When first revealed, people immediately noticed how the massive MPV barely had any resemblance to its competitors in the Philippine market. Perhaps the designers thought that a unique look would make the 2019 BAIC M50S easier for people to remember? We don’t really know. But for a price tag of Php 700,000, it may just be one of the most competitive vehicles in its class.
Aside from seemingly having more headroom than competing vehicles in its class, the 2019 BAIC M50S also has a handful of exterior features that can make anyone take a second glance.
For instance, the fog lights are aeasy to spot. If you’re concerned about seeing and being seen on the road regardless of the weather, this feature is a necessity. You also won’t have to worry about stretching out your hand every now and then to reach the mirrors. BAIC decided that power adjustable rearview mirrors are vital along with other features like rain-sensing wipers. Most of the exterior accessories are electronically adjustable that there’s even a power antenna
As if the exterior wasn’t tempting enough, the BAIC M50S is packed with all the comfy interior features you could ever need – and want! For starters, the seats are comfy for its price. Second, you don’t need to insert and twist keys because the M50S has a start/stop button and it’s also keyless entry-capable.
The seats are adjustable so you and your passengers can always find their most comfortable sitting position no matter how long the drive. The rear seats can also be folded in case you have a lot of baggage. On top of that, the M50S comes with an on-board computer and a remote-activated trunk opener for the ultimate convenience.
Technology & Safety Features
After finding out that the BAIC M50S is loaded with fascinating features inside and out, it makes us wonder what else it’s got in store when it comes to safe and technology.
For starters, driver and passenger airbags come as a standard along with a side-airbag at the front. There is also ABS installed to prevent those wheels from locking. If you think you needed over a million pesos for a car that had top-of-the-line tech features, the Php 700,000 M50S has rear cameras, brake assist and crash sensors to further help you stay safe on the road.
Those features, paired with a touchscreen system and Bluetooth connectivity makes for a comfy and enjoyable ride.
Platform & Chassis
If we’re talking about specific numbers, the BAIC M50S has a seating capacity that can accommodate up to 7 or 8 people – depending on the variant you choose. The fuel tank, on the hand, can hold up to 50 liters of fuel which gives you plenty of time before your next refill.
The M50s measures 4525 millimeters from the tip of the nose to the butt end. It’s massive size ticks in at 1700 millimeters wide with a height of 1818 millimeters. This BAIC MPV stands at a good 2790-millimeter wheelbase and comes ready to drive with R14 radial tires.
Engine & Chassis
A big vehicle will also need an equally large engine to pull its weight. That’s why the BAIC M50S is fitted with a 1498 cc 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine that’s capable of up to 114 hp. This, accompanied with 150 Nm of torque is enough to tug the 7 passengers plus the driver and cargo.
The engine is coupled with everyone’s favorite manual transmission and a five-speed gearbox. The BAIC M50S runs on the rear wheels and comes with a McPherson Strut front suspension and multi-link suspension for the rear. This gives the BAIC M50S a top speed of 150 km/h.