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Rejuvenated Borgward brings back the Isabella

13.09.2017

Revived back in 2015 after controversially going bankrupt in 1961, iconic Chinese owned German automaker Borgward has launched a concept version of arguably its most iconic nameplate, the Isabella.

Claimed to be a modern incarnation of the famed model that remained in production from 1954 until the company went under, the Andreas Warming penned Isabella Concept measures five meters in overall length, 1.9 m in width 1.4 m in height with a styling language referred to as the 'Impression of Flow'.

Finished in a tow-tone blue colour called Zeitgeist Blue1 and Zeitgeist Blue2, the concept features suicide sliding doors to reveal a futuristic interior and instrument cluster, the latter dubbed the Surfboard.

Replacing the tradition cluster in front of the driver, the Isabella's places the various dials where the centre console and infotainment display would normally be, while a strip of wood on a thin shelf is placed below the expansive front window. In addition to the Surfboard, the console is known as the Scarf and according to Borgward, "serves as the central element that flows around the space separating the driver from the front passenger".

A throwback to the original Isabella is a retro styled steering wheel which, according to Borgward, has been deliberately stripped of buttons and switches "so as to return [it] to its original purpose".

Using an all-electric drivetrain dubbed ePROPULSION with the batteries being jointly developed with LG, the Isabella's front and rear mounted motors effectively results in it being all-wheel drive, with power rated at 220 kW and 450 Nm of torque. Top speed is said to be 250 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, with Borgward claiming a range of 500 km and ability to be 80% charged in 30 minutes.

At present, no plans are in place to put the Isabella into production.

Article written by Autodealer
13.09.2017
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