BAIC MOTOR B40 to be named as “BJ40”, with an expected price of 200,000 yuan2013-10-22
It is more than one year since it was first broadcast by Beijing Youth. BAIC MOTOR B40 in the film was known to be launched one year ago but the promise has been broken for many times in more than one year. Recently, Wang Mingdong, deputy general manager of BAIC MOTOR Sales Company disclosed that B40 would be named as “BJ40” and launched in Beijing on Dec. 28 this year. He denied the expected price on Internet but refused to disclose more about the price.
The naming of BJ40 has embodied the heritage of BAIC MOTOR’s cross-country history. BJ represents Beijing Jeep, referring to cross-country cars and 40 represents the product serial number, representing its serial position. According to Wang Mingdong, the birth of BJ212 in 1965 opened BAIC MOTOR’s road of cross-country cars. More than 1.2 million units of BJ212, a single model, have been manufactured, not only creating a myth that can not be surpassed in Chinese first generation auto industry but also embodying BAIC MOTOR’s extraordinary power in cross-country car field.
Moreover, BAIC MOTOR, in cooperation with US DCC in 1984, established the first integral car joint venture “Beijing Jeep Auto Co., Ltd.” producing jeep series of cross-country cars, which was the first to eat crab in Chinese auto industry. This experience has enabled BAIC MOTOR to accumulate precious experiences in the production, R& D and technology of cross-country cars. BJ40 is a boutique product of cross-country car built with BAIC MOTOR’s superiority in manufacturing cross-country cars and international leading technology. It aims to continue BAIC MOTOR’s descent of cross-country family of generations and re-shaping its powerful position in this field.
In terms of appearance, BAIC MOTOR B40 has a tough and bold style. The two-door convertible and square front face make it an evident standard cross-country car. Its appearance is somewhat similar in spirit with JEEP Wrangler.
With respect to the body dimensions, BAIC MOTOR B40 has L/W/H of 4350/1843/1834mm and a wheel base of 2450mm. In cross-country equipment, BAIC MOTOR B40 carries a set of electrically controlled four-wheel driving system without central differential. Therefore, the car can only realize a simple, traditional part-time four-wheel drive.
With respect to power, BAIC MOTOR B40 carries 2.4L and 2.7L inline four-cylinder engines, with their maximum output power being 105KW and 110KW and maximum torque being 217N·m and 235N·m, respectively. The transmission includes 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic types.
It is believed that what is paid most attention to by many BJ40 fans is its price. The writer has specially visited several departments of BAIC MOTOR for this. It is learnt that, as the first issue of cross-country car of BAIC MOTOR, BJ40 has been assigned with a glory mission of revitalizing the cross-country family of generations. In the past five years, BJ40 has undergone more than ten rounds of quality improvement to ensure its cross-country performance and quality can reach the leading level, with continuous increasing input and even regardless of cost. In an integrated consideration, BJ40 price is expected to reach 200,000 yuan. Let’s wait and see if the expectation is correct.