After more than half a century a once prominent German automotive brand is coming back!

Borgward models, such as Isabella, Arabella, Hansa or P100, appeared through time in many various styles. They swept us off our feet with modern technology and luxury, but they were no strangers to racing either. Borgward's first vehicles were Blitzkarren from the 1920s and Goliath Pionier from the 1930s. In 1962 the brand that in Germany once ranked third right after Volkswagen and Opel, went down in a – as some claim – controversial company bankruptcy.

Obviously, the brand hasn't gone into oblivion, it's now being resurrected. This year, the rebirth of Borgward was announced and its first model, the SUV Borgward BX-7 has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new 4.7-meter-long five- to seven-seater will initially be available in China, where it's also being produced. In 2017, however, Europeans will also be able to add it to their automotive collection.

As a standard version the novice will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 224 hp (165 kW) and 300 Nm of torque, channeled to a 4WD BorgWarner system through a dual-clutch gearbox. Customers will also be able to choose the plug-in hybrid version with 295 kW and an electric range of 55 kilometers. It will be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter combustion engine, coordinated by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and assisted by an electric motor at the rear.

Oct. 7, 2015 Driving photo: Borgward

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