2020-2021 BAIC D20 Hatchback (1st Generation)
- Expected Launch: 2021
- Expected Price: 19-21 Lacs PKR
The owner of four-stroke auto-rickshaws Sazgar has been awarded greenfield status under automobile policy of 2016 to 2021 in 2018 to have the legal authority to start assembling and manufacturing their vehicles in Pakistan in collaboration with Beijing Automotive Industry Company BAIC and as stated by the secretary of the company this project will be accomplished till June 30, 2019, and the assembly plant will manufacture twenty-four thousand vehicles yearly.
BAIC D20 is one of the vehicles scheduled to be launched this year and spotted at DEMLAHORIGUYS while a proper display of BAIC D20 was done at the Pakistani Auto Show 2020 took place at Expo Center, Lahore. BAIC has introduced two other models at PAPS 2020 that are BAIC Senova X25 and BAIC BJ40L and BAIC Senova D20 is most affordable among all other BAIC vehicles. BAIC D20 is present in manual and continuously varying automatic transmission but it is not confirmed which one will be available in Pakistan and how many variants are going to be released in our country. The exact date of its launch has not been confirmed yet but it is expected to be available for booking till mid of this year and give a tough competition to the new vehicles of Hyundai Nishat which are also showcased at PAPS.
BAIC D20 gives the option of five trim levels that include BAIC D20 Hatch 1.3 Comfort, BAIC D20 Hatchback 1.5 litres Comfort, BAIC D20 Hatchback 1.5 litres Fashion Manual, BAIC D20 Hatchback 1.5 litres Fashion Auto and BAIC D20 Sedan 1.5 litres Fashion Auto trim. It is not sure yet that how many trims will be available for sale in Pakistan.
Power train and performance:
It offers two different engine options either it will be charged by 1.3 litres natural aspirated petrol engine producing a horsepower of 75 KW and torque of 128 Nm or a 1.5 litres Euro 5 petrol engine generating horsepower of 85 KW and 148 Nm of torque. It is available in both automatic transmission and five-speed manual transmission giving you smooth and controlled throttle changes.
It has the option of the front-wheel drive only and the all-wheel driving facility is not available yet in it. Fuel economy of BAIC D20 is efficient enough to run a distance of 100 kilometres with a consumption of 7 litres of petrol when powered by 1.3 litres engine while 1.5 litres of engine utilizes 8 litres of petrol to give a mileage of 100 kilometres.
Exterior design and features:
BAIC D20 is built on Smart FORFOUR chassis technology that ensures you a comfortable and safe ride. It has a bold grille which is quite attractive and the contour lines are prominent enough to run all along the length of the vehicle while the aggressively looking LED headlights are given with day time running lights.
The overall design of BAIC D20 Hatchback resembles with the sedan but it misses a boot that distinguishes it from sedans. Rear-end is also quite decent and fourteen inches alloy wheels give it a bold appreciated look while body-coloured handles of door and overall paint finishing are spectacular.
Interior design and features:
BAIC D20 hatchback gives you comfortable seating accommodating five adults comfortably and giving a spacious cabin to enjoy your rides with full relaxation while seats are covered with the fabric having fine stitching. The cabin also has a generous amount of storage cabins like door bins, cup holders and bottle holder while the rear shelf can be removed to carry some more stuff with you. The cabin is themed in piano black colour and chrome accents giving it amazing looks while sunroof adds more light and brightness inside the cabin.
The central console has a 6 inches touch screen display for infotainment showing GPS navigation and display of rearview camera too.
SAFETY FEATURES of this hatchback include anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, airbags, anti-theft alarm, child locks, seat belt warning alarm, engine immobilizer and forward collision warning alarm.
Starting price of all-new BAIC D20 hatchback will be around 17 lacs Pakistani rupees but the exact official price has not been confirmed yet by the Company while during Pakistan Auto Show 2020 at Lahore, as told by the Staff car, will be priced same as cultus which is 19-21 Lacs Pakistan Rupees. But let’s hope that company may change the plan and give it the affordable price as compared to its competitors and will be giving plenty of features in this budget-friendly price.