Chinese clone of Gelandewagen Beijing BJ80 experienced restylingOctober 9, 2018
The Chinese automaker BAIC has brought to the home market an updated Beijing SUV BJ80. A model in which the features of the legend of the German automotive industry, Gelandewagen, can be easily guessed, has finally appeared in the salons of official dealers of the brand.
The restyled Beijing BJ80, to which the nickname of the Chinese clone Gelandewagen has been firmly established since the debut of the first version (in November 2016), was presented last spring at the Beijing Auto Show. The Chinese SUV, still copying the design of the German Mercedes-Benz G-Class, has got a large off-road body kit, massive wheel arch extensions, new 20-inch light-alloy wheels, and silver inserts in the bumpers and on the spare wheel cover and two-color body paintwork. Another stylish accent is brake calipers painted in rich red.
Updated Beijing BJ80 gets four-wheel drive with the ability to lock the rear differential, as well as a turbo engine with a working volume of 2.3 liters and a power of 250 horsepower. A pair of such a power unit is a six-speed automatic transmission.
Inside the restyled SUV is now adorned with advanced multimedia with voice control, all-round viewing system, and a high-quality audio system with 8 speakers and a subwoofer. After the upgrade, the SUV also received a climate control module for passengers traveling in the rear seats.
At first, Chinese dealers will offer customers two versions of the updated model, but experts do not rule out that the expansion of a number of complete sets is not far off. It is known that the most affordable option will cost China’s motorists 298,000 yuan, a more advanced modification costs 328,000 yuan. Interestingly, the cost of the original Gelandewagen in China is several times higher: about 1,329,000 yuan