The new BAIC BJ40 frame SUV turned out to be cheaper and better than the Tank 300
BAIC BJ40, a frame SUV that has undergone restyling, turned out to be more affordable and richer equipped compared to the Tank 300. At the Guangzhou Motor Show in China, prices for the second generation of this model were announced, offering three trim levels ranging from 180 to 220 thousand yuan (which equivalent to 25-31 thousand dollars). While the comparable Tank 300 costs between RMB 200,000 and RMB 227,000, the new BAIC BJ40 does not receive the same array of Great Wall “premium” options as its competitor.
The Beijing BJ40 is a body-on-frame SUV with ground clearance of 230 millimeters, wading capability up to 750 millimeters deep, and approach/departure/ramp angles of 37/35/27 degrees. The dimensions of the new product are 4790/1940/1929 millimeters, while the wheelbase is 2760 millimeters. In terms of dimensions and maneuverability, the BJ40 corresponds to the Tank 300.
The BJ40’s interior is modern: frameless doors, double-layer glass, a retractable footrest for the front passenger and a large tablet. Other features include a split-leaf tailgate and power window keys similar to Land Rover.
The car boasts an independent front suspension, a solid rear axle, rigidly connected all-wheel drive with a reduction gear and cross-axle differential locks. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine (234 hp, 395 Nm) combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The previous generation Beijing BJ40 is already being produced and sold in Russia, but its prices still remain high – from 4.35 million rubles. The new BJ40 is not exported, but the “older” Beijing BJ60 with a gasoline or diesel engine will be officially presented in Russia starting in 2024.