BAICs BEIJING X55 is the first-ever Chinese SA Car of the Year winner.

BAIC South Africa is pleased to announce that the new BEIJING X55 has won the Compact Family category of the 2023 South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition. In the 37-year history of this famous event, the recognition of a Chinese product is a first.
The BEIJING X55, which was introduced in November 2022, has so far had a significant impact on the market. During the demanding testing days for this year's COTY nominees, the judges were very impressed by its unmatched value for money, great performance, and remarkable fuel efficiency.
The BEIJING X55 features a staggering array of cutting-edge technological advances, a wide range of active and passive safety features, and an appealing, sporty look that guarantees a wonderfully pleasant driving experience.
Six airbags, an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake assistance, brake override system, electronic stability program, hill-start assist control, hill decent control, tire pressure monitoring system, and drowsy driver warning system are all standard on the BEIJING X55, which places a high priority on safety.
Additionally, it includes useful features like Keyless Entry, a Reverse Camera, and front and rear Park Distance Control that make daily commuting simple. Two ISOFIX baby seat mounting points and speed-induction door locks further strengthen the BEIJING X55's impressive safety credentials. "The BEIJING X55's design resulted in the lowest NVH performance in its class, and its extensive list of safety features for peace-of-mind motoring led to this compact family SUV being awarded the C-NCAP Five-star Safety Design," says Basil Costa, Business Development Director at BAIC South Africa.
The BEIJING X55's 1.5-liter VGT turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 130 kW and 305 Nm and is paired to a seven-speed DCT automatic transmission, gives it exceptional performance, drivability, and control for a tiny SUV. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds because to its very responsive Euro VI engine. Despite its outstanding performance, this award-winning engine has a class-leading fuel consumption of only 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers.
The cutting-edge sports design of the BEIJING X55 will stand out on the roadway. Its Smart Technology and Zero-gravity Integrated sports seats enhance the comfort of the driver and passengers. An unique Bionic side design, LED headlights, C-type Daytime Running Lights, LED taillights, split rear wing, and a Panoramic sunroof further underline the vehicle's sporting qualities.
There is enough of head and leg room for the driver and passengers inside the BEIJING X55. A multi-function steering wheel with four-way adjustment and an automatic air conditioner with rear air vents guarantee pleasant and entertaining driving.
The ergonomically designed center console, 10.25-inch LCD instrument panel, and 10.1-inch center control screen combine to provide an easy-to-navigate sporty cockpit. Its CarbitLink infotainment system is user-friendly and offers Bluetooth support for connected telephones. The two 12V outlets and three USB ports in the front and back keep you charged and connected at all times.It gives BAIC South Africa great pleasure to introduce the BEIJING X55 to the South African market. According to Mr. Hugo Hu, Vice President of BAIC SA, "We are confident that the BEIJING X55 is an exceptional addition to any family looking to purchase a compact SUV thanks to its extraordinary blend of cutting-edge technology, superior performance, impeccable safety credentials, and a comfortable yet sporty interior."
Mr. Hu goes on to say that BAIC South Africa is proud of its 38 dealerships, which are dispersed around the nation and reflect the business' unwavering commitment to excellence. We intend to have 50 reputable dealerships by the end of 2023, embracing growth.
The capacity of BAIC South Africa's Gqeberha manufacturing facility will also be increased, enabling the company to achieve its goal of exporting locally made vehicles to African markets.
We are ecstatic that the BEIJING X55 took home the trophy for South African Car of the Year in its division. This success reflects our commitment to providing our customers with high-quality, reasonably priced vehicles,'' says Mr. Hu. The statement continues, "We extend our sincere gratitude for bestowing this prestigious award upon us and are humbled and honored to be recognized by such a distinguished panel of jurors."
The Dynamic, Elite, and Premium editions of the BEIJING X55 series, which has an official selling price of R420 900. It includes a five-year warranty good for 15000 miles, a five-year maintenance plan good for 60000 miles, and five years of unlimited AA roadside assistance. There is also a seven-year, 200 000-kilometer drivetrain warranty available.