[PIMS 2018 - Part 6] BAIC: Series of new models launched

Updated Oct 30, 2018 | Same topic: 2018 Philippine International Motor Show

The new lineup showcased at PIMS 2018 included the BAIC MZ45, M20, BJ20, M60 and the M50S.

Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC) has been around for some time now, releasing vehicles specifically for the Filipino masses such as the BAIC MZ45 and the BAIC M20.

"When we first started four years ago, we only could offer the most practical and affordable models. This allowed us to maximize the effect of the customs duties and tax differential of other ASEAN countries that had zero percent tariffs," said BAIC president & CEO George Chua.

Now, buoyed by the success of their initial models, BAIC is releasing higher-end models to prove that they can compete with more established brands in terms of features, performance, price, and overall cost of ownership.

BAIC MZ45 front view

BAIC is releasing higher-end models to prove that they can compete with more established brands

"In 2018, we are introducing three new models that will certainly grab your attention. They're already all Euro 5 compliant gasoline engines, making them more efficient than any Euro 4 engine,” Chua declares. “We have test driven them to ensure that they are what Filipino consumers want, and (they are) suitable to endure our less than ideal road conditions."

Heading the BAIC revolution is the BJ20 crossover SUV, which at first glance easily strikes one as a baby version of Toyota’s recently discontinued FJ Cruiser line.

"We wanted to have something that will catch your eye, fit your lifestyle and still have that new and fresh look many years down the road, which is really how classic styling is born. A gorgeous-looking drive and built like a tank in the 1.5 liter Euro 5 gasoline crossover and SUV segment,” Chua beams, adding that the BAIC BJ20 starts at P1.148 million.

BAIC BJ20 angular front

Heading the BAIC revolution is the BJ20 crossover SUV

BAIC BJ20  headlight

Headlight design of the BJ20 

BAIC BJ20 wheel

A closer look at the wheel of the BAIC BJ20 

He next presented the upgraded version of BAIC’s original M20 MPV, the M50S. “Filipinos love MPVs that are not quite as big as a full sized van but enough to carry eight family members in their road trips. The M50S has more space than the M20, with many upgraded features. Prices of the BAIC M50S start at only P638k...actually lower than the M20." (click to find full price list of BAIC Philippines).

The M50S comes in a choice of bench seats or individual bucket seats (with fold-down arm rest) on the second row. A body-on-frame construction affords rigidity, especially when driving on less-than-ideal terrain such as provincial roads. It is powered by a 1.5L gasoline engine delivering 114 horses and 150 Nm of torque under the hood.

BAIC M50S angular front

Prices of the BAIC M50S start at only P638k

Chua also lifted the wraps on BAIC’s most premium model in the lineup, the M60, whose front fascia has a design cue that’s obviously lifted from Lexus.”This versatile MPV can be used as a mom mobile, executive car with a driver, on road trips with the family, delivery vehicle, and so much more. Compared to the class leader in the MPV category, the M60 is a dream come true.”

Retailing at P998k, the BAIC M60 offers seven seats, push button engine start, keyless entry, antilock brakes with EBD and a reverse camera, all standard equipment. Power comes in the form of a Euro 5-compliant 1.5L turbocharged engine, mated to a continuously variable transmission that propels the rear wheels.

BAIC M60 angular front

Retailing at P998k, the BAIC M60 offers seven seats, push button engine start, keyless entry, antilock brakes

These are just some of the glimpses into the future waiting for you at the 2018 PIMS. The 2018 Philippine International Motor Show ended on Sunday, October 28th 2018.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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