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The Beijing X55: A Feature-Packed Compact SUV

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2024 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotive Coordinator
The dazzling “Crystal Stars” grille dominates the front view of the X55.
The dazzling “Crystal Stars” grille dominates the front view of the X55.
The window controls are positioned on the driver’s door panel for easy access.
The window controls are positioned on the driver’s door panel for easy access.
The stylish steering wheel of the Beijing X55 Premium puts all essential driving functions at your fingertips.
The stylish steering wheel of the Beijing X55 Premium puts all essential driving functions at your fingertips.
The X55 Premium’s centre console eliminates buttons with a touchscreen interface.
The X55 Premium’s centre console eliminates buttons with a touchscreen interface.
The X55 Premium’s interior boasts a dual-screen layout with a massive 10.25-inch instrument display and a 10.1-inch touchscreen for the centre console.
The X55 Premium’s interior boasts a dual-screen layout with a massive 10.25-inch instrument display and a 10.1-inch touchscreen for the centre console.
A split spoiler completes the stylish look of the X55 from the back.
A split spoiler completes the stylish look of the X55 from the back.
The Beijing X55’s sleek profile is accentuated by pop-out door handles.
The Beijing X55’s sleek profile is accentuated by pop-out door handles.
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The Chinese car market has seen a surge in innovation in recent years, and the Beijing X55 is a prime example. While car-naming conventions may not be their strong suit (admit it, Beijing X55 isn’t exactly catchy), however, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd. (BAIC) is proving that they can deliver exceptional value with the X55, particularly in Jamaica, where it comes in three flavours: Dynamix, Elite, and the top-of-the-line Premium.

Striking Design with Unexpected Touches

The X55 Premium makes a statement the moment you see it. Its sleek, aerodynamic design is accentuated by the unique pop-out door handles that emerge when the key is detected. A head-turning feature for sure. Around the back, a split spoiler keeps the vehicle stable at high speeds while the front boasts a dazzling “Crystal Stars” grille – inspired by the galaxy, according to BAIC. Rounding off the look are stylish 19-inch alloy wheels.

A Tech-Forward Interior Designed for Comfort

Step inside the X55 Premium, and you are greeted by a dual-screen extravaganza. A massive 10.25-inch display serves as your instrument panel, while a 10.1-inch touchscreen takes centre stage on the console. This eliminates the need for physical buttons, providing a clean, modern aesthetic. Think of it like a giant tablet – you can even organise the apps on the touchscreen to your liking. Want quick access to media and climate controls? Put them on the first page! The Premium trim also boasts a panoramic sunroof with a retractable canopy, bathing the interior in natural light. For additional passenger comfort, there is a two-level divider separating the driver and front passenger. The lower level can act as a handy storage compartment. Speaking of storage: the armrest doubles up as a cooler box – perfect for keeping drinks chilled on long journeys. The luxurious feel is completed with stylish, red leather seats.

A Refined Driving Experience with Unexpected Attention

Let’s talk about how the X55 handles the road. First things first: prepare for heads to turn. During my test drive, I was stopped several times by curious onlookers, some mistaking it for a hybrid or even a full-electric vehicle. Perhaps it is the futuristic design, or maybe it’ is just not a car they see every day.

Performance-wise, the X55 prioritises a smooth, refined ride. Power comes from a responsive 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, paired with a front-wheel-drive transmission. The brakes are nice and sharp, ensuring confident stopping power. No need to worry about getting caught out with a flat tire either – the X55 comes equipped with a spare.

When it comes to practicality, the X55 delivers. The cargo space offers a respectable 350 litres with the seats up, expanding significantly when you fold them flat. Accessing your belongings is a breeze thanks to the automatic tailgate with adjustable opening height.

Here’ is a quick recap of the key specifications:

Price of tested model: $6.69m (Premium)

Price Range/ Options: $5.89m (Dynamix), $6.19m (Elite)

Engine: 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol

Power: 138 horsepower

Torque: 305 Nm

Transmission: Front-wheel drive

Fuel Tank Capacity: 53 litres

Fuel Consumption: 6.2 km/l

Body Type: Compact SUV

Competition: Haval H6, CR-V

The Unexpected Contender

The Beijing X55 Premium may not be a household name, but it offers a compelling package – a head-turning design, a tech-laden interior, and a smooth driving experience, all at a competitive price point. While established players like the Toyota RAV4 and CR-V may be first to come to mind, the X55 is a strong contender that shouldn’t be overlooked. So, if you are looking for a feature-rich and stylish SUV that offers unexpected value, the Beijing X55 Premium deserves a closer look.

Vehicle provided by Jetcon Corporation Ltd. (876) 920-2277, sales@jetconcars.com.