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.
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.