BAIC BJ40. The return of the fat.

His performance is martial. A mountain of car and beyond political correctness. The BAIC BJ40 provokes. The Michigan militia would probably have liked him if he was not unfortunately from China. Stupid, because the BJ40 is a true off-road vehicle, far away from any jar of trendy SUV's.

The BAIC BJ40 with Saab engine
The BAIC BJ40 with Saab engine

He has a solid ladder frame, switchable four-wheel drive, off-road gear ratio, a fairly reasonable fording depth and good ground clearance. Parts of the vehicle are manufactured to Chinese military standards, more than 1.1 million kilometers, the BJ40 was tested by the People's Liberation Army, according to the manufacturer. A SUV from the harsh blow of a Land Rover Defender, Hummer, or Jeep Wrangler so. And there should be a Saab engine under the hood?

The thickness is back

A look under the hood creates clarity. The thick B235R four-cylinder shows after removing the plastic cover. His name is now B236R, he can not deny his Saab origins. Welcome back to Europe! And - hard to believe - how did he change! BAIC is now installing the engine longitudinally. Turn this into a four-cylinder, flanged to an Aisin 6 aisle machine. 9-5 OG riders would have liked to see this automatic in their Saab.

Life is just not fair.

There are components around the engine that you think you've seen somewhere before. And right, the supplier Delphi and GM parts dominate the engine compartment.

The career of the machine of the BAIC BJ40 took its start 1990 as B234 in the Saab 9000. In the years 1995 and 96, the second generation was ranked among the 10 best motors in the world. In the BJ40, it delivers 245 PS, delivers 350 Nm of torque, and complies with the Euro 6 standard, which they used to tell us in Trollhättan that it was impossible to fulfill with this engine generation.

We board the BJ40, a functional, rustic setting welcomes us. Suitable for the car and processed routinely. Leather seats and leather steering wheel with contrasting stitching exude a touch of luxury. You do not need a manual for the BAIC off-road vehicle, everything is clear and easy to use. Turn the ignition key to the lock, turn it over, and then it happens.

He is bubbling. V8 or Saab 900?

The BAIC BJ40 roars, then falls into a bubbling that is a mix of V8 and Saab 901. What the hell is going on? Under the hood, we've seen it, sits an 2.3 liter. No V6, no V8! The nice, bubbling sound disappears when the colossus starts to move. With more than 2 tons of weight and a slight onset of weakness that can not synonymous the automatic transmission.

The steering is indirect, has play, as it must be mandatory for real off-road vehicles. The load can be conducted surprisingly easily and safely. If you give gas, then the BJ40 rushes across the street with a martial soundscape. It is easy to realize that the use of insulating materials has been sparing, and everything takes place here very directly and directly. No car for softies, but for guys from the old school. In addition, one should not think about the possible consumption, it should hardly be the topic.

BAIC BJ40 conclusion

The BAIC is a vehicle for the niche, and it moves beyond all common test criteria. It is addressed to hunters, farmers, alpine farmers, military and possibly even militias. The BAIC BJ40 gives the impression of being robust and always mobile in the long term. It pulls 2.5 tons if necessary, the plastic planking of the fenders is expedient. Who has fun, who can remove the front roof halves and gets presented a kind of moving high seat.

Whether the 2.3 liter of Saab is the right machine, in China diesel is not an issue remains an open question. The legendary machines are rugged and sophisticated, but the BJ40 has plenty of sheet metal to move. Space for a V6 or V8 would be an alternative, and also at BAIC one should think about alternatives.

The workmanship fits, some solutions are kept very simple and functional. Much of it reminds of a Jeep Wrangler, the doors for example. But they feel more massive on the China SUV and fall deeper into the lock than the American original. Bad luck again for the Michigan militia.

20 thoughts too "BAIC BJ40. The return of the fat."

  • Too bad that the question remains open.

    Especially about how the old SAAB heart beats in the strange body, I would have liked to read more. But still …

    ... an exciting short report with interesting information. Maybe MapTune takes the BAIC into the program? Then the Swedes can club the Chinese with at least 300 PS and 400 Nm on their gravel roads.

    • You would have to drive the BJ40 longer to answer the open questions. Unfortunately, test vehicles are extremely scarce at the importer and we have no chance of a longer-term lease. The X65 will be the next object in the spring, I think it is even more exciting and he has the Saab 2.0 liter under the hood. Maybe we have the chance to test it a bit longer.

  • ... or install the engine as a spare part dispenser in your first generation 9-5! Saab-refurbished -the first manufacturer that does not produce new tires but "only" brings back existing vehicles. This saves more resources than the purchase of a new electric car. What a business idea! Let's see who surprises us first with such a solution ...

  • This report particularly pleases me because of the fact that this engine B234 in the 90er years was counted among the 10 best engines of the world. Now I try all the more to keep my current 9000 turbo alive after 18 years and 360000 km running track. Thank you for this review.

  • 6 gear automatic would have been great. You can not have everything. Already crazy these Chinese, put the engine along.

    • How so?

      For many SUVs that may be different, but in real off-road vehicles was and is still common.

  • ... .the site people you have forgotten as a target audience ;-). Hm, ... if the 9-7 for the site is too bad ????, .. hm ... let's see .. but no! the thickness goes on for a long time and I think a pure gas burner will not do it anymore!

  • Hach, at the first BAIC SUV review, I still thought what the others all nagging.
    But this vehicle has let me jump abruptly on this train.
    This vehicle will never be sold in the Western world. Therefore, I also think that it is now wasted blog capacity to report on these two vehicles.

    • At first glance, he looks pretty much like Jeep. Really cheap plastic inside, I do not want to waste any of my life in it. next please ...

      • looks easy to wash off. The surfaces of my chrome glasses dusty disgusting.

        Is the interior suitable for off-road use? Trunk, wet sheep and stuff? Question to the editor

        • The editors see the BJ40 as fit for the terrain. However then please choose the simple equipment, possibly there is a military version for sale?

    • Wasted blog capacity?

      Does this question ever decide how to find BAIC?

      The vehicle is not discussed here as a SAAB alternative. The article describes emotionless and objective what makes BAIC out of its licenses and with a SAAB engine. That satisfies one or the other curiosity.

      What is there to nag?

      • Japp, that's exactly what I'm sure I would not buy that part, unless I revert to Waidmann again - but I think it's very interesting to read about everything that only a tiny speck of Saab DNA can find ...

  • I find it interesting to place the windows directly under the radio. Centered driver?

  • It is interesting that the engine now meets Euro 6 and has a more up to date gearbox.

    • BAIC has also missed the 2.0 liter Saab Turbo 6 gear Aisin automatic. We probably test in February!

  • Funny! Thank you. Why, despite 2 tons of weight and ladder frames, may only pull 2.5 tons?

    • I would not rule out the 2.8 tons as an option. Maybe you have not asked for Germany. In China, hardly anyone draws trailers with privately used vehicles. That's not an issue.

  • Saab lives on somewhere anyway!
    Thanks for the report !! I find an interesting thing with the view over the shore!

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