2020 BAIC D20 Hatchback
The owner of four stroke auto rickshaws Sazgar has been awarded with greenfield status under automobile policy of 2016 to 2021 in 2018 to have 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 vehicle 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. 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 show cased at PAPS.
BAIC D20 gives the option of five trim levels that include BAIC D20 Hatch 1.3 Comfort, BAIC D20 Hatchback 1.5 liters Comfort, BAIC D20 Hatchback 1.5 liters Fashion Manual, BAIC D20 Hatchback 1.5 liters Fashion Auto and BAIC D20 Sedan 1.5 liters 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 liters natural aspirated petrol engine producing horsepower of 75 KW and torque of 128 Nm or a 1.5 liters 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 front wheel drive only and all-wheel driving facility is not available yet in it. Fuel economy of BAIC D20 is efficient enough to run a distance of 100 kilometers with a consumption of 7 liters of petrol when powered by 1.3 liters engine while 1.5 liters of engine utilizes 8 liters of petrol to give a mileage of 100 kilometers.
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.
Overall design of BAIC D20 Hatchback resembles with sedan but it misses a boot that distinguish it from sedans. Rear end is also quite decent and fourteen inches alloy wheels give it a bold appreciated look while body colored 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 spacious cabin to enjoy your rides with full relaxation while seats are covered with fabric having fine stitching. Cabin also has generous amount of storage cabins like door bins, cup holders and bottle holder while rear shelf can be removed to carry some more stuff with you. Cabin is themed in piano black color 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 rear view camera too.
SAFETY FEATURES of this hatchback include anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, air bags, 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 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.