2018 BAIC BJ 212 Jeep Diesel Interior and Exterior Overview

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北京212 到底是工业垃圾还是难忘的情怀


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This is likely going to be the craziest Chinese vehicle to launch this year. It is a new variant of the Beijing Auto BJ80, fitted with a lot of new body work and a partially new interior. It debuted last year as a semi-concept on the Guangzhou Auto Show, where it was called Riot Control Car. The yet nameless production car has slightly different lights and bumpers but it is otherwise very similar. And most interesting, it has an American connection. Note the BAIC TAP badge on the left. Beijing stands for Beijing Auto Industry Corporation, the owner of the Beijing Auto brand. TAP stands for Transamerican Auto Parts, an American aftermarket-parts manufacturer, specialized in Jeeps and other off-road cars. BAIC and TAP entered into a partnership in 2014 with TAP to “design and manufacture an entire line of premium off-road products and accessories”. The monstrous ‘Riot Control Car’ however seems to be a bit more than just a dressed up BJ80, so it seems that companies have since extended their agreement. More on this if we find out. In the meantime; the riot control car is not really a riot control car; it is more like a luxurious armored car for wealthy clients who need a bit more protection, a bit like cars such as the Dartz Prom and the Rhino GX. Check the interior: Dash is the same as in the standard BJ80. Now guess what powers this not-really riot control vehicle. It comes from Sweden. It is old. Yes! The Saab 2.3 turbo four, good for 250hp and 350nm, mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, sending power to all four wheels. Beijing Auto Industrial Corporation (BAIC), the owner of Beijing Auto, bought the rights to the Saab 2.0 turbo and Saab 2.3 turbo from GM in 2009, along with the rights to the platforms of the Saab 9-3 and first generation Saab 9-5. The 2.3 turbo also serves in the base BJ80,the Senova D70 and the Beijing Auto BJ40, among others.



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Recently I suddenly saw a lot of brand new Beijing Auto Works BJ212 off-roaders on the road, and not only down countryside but also in the city proper. The BJ212 was effectively banned from town because it was too dirty, killing shops in the process. So what was going on? Time to find out…

Therefore I went to the one and only dedicated Beijing Auto Works dealer in Beijing, located just east of the Fifth Ring Road, not far from the WEY dealer I visited earlier on.

Beijing Auto Works (BAW), is a division of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC). BAW makes rough ‘n though SUVs, pickup trucks, and 4×4’s. They have their own distribution channels and dealers.

I asked staff what the heck was going on with all those new cars on the road. They told me the BJ212 got an updated version of the 2.0 liter petrol engine. The upgrade made the engine clean enough for Beijing, the car can go all the way into town; no restrictions anymore!

They also said the updated engine had done miracles for sales, they were now selling up to ten cars a week.

Staff was very friendly and told me all about the power plant, designated 4G20C. It is sourced from Jinbei in Shenyang. Jinbei is a brand under Brilliance (Huachen) Automobile. Capacity is two liter (1.998 cc). Output didn’t change since this engine debuted in 2012: 102 horses and 178nm. Gearbox is a 5-speed manual sending power to all wheels.

Top speed is a decent 115 kilometers per hour and 0-100 is gone in 10.8 seconds.
The engine now complies to the China V emission standard. However, China is already working on an even tougher China VI standard that will come info force in 2020. BAW will likely have to update the engine again to comply with that…

A neat white example. The bull bar is standard. The BJ212 is otherwise very customizable; buyers can spec the color of the convertible hood, color and kind of seats, kind and size of wheels, and the style of the mirrors. The white car was offered to me for 60.000 yuan round, a surprisingly steep discount on the 68.400 yuan list price.

Design hasn’t changed a bit over the years. The convertible hood goes off completely, and the seats and bench go out with one-click; perfect for a pick-nick up mountain.

The interior hasn’t changed a bit either. This ‘modern’ interior debuted in 2012, with a new instrument panel and a radio with a USB slot. But most of the switches look like they time traveled from the 1960’s. And they did. They BJ212 has been in continuous production since 1966! The loose wires are normal, they all have that. For “easy access”, staff said. Copy that. It makes some sense though, for this kind of vehicle.

On the left side a BAW Zhanqi, a slightly larger and more upmarket variant of the BJ212 with a hardtop roof. It comes in a trillion of variants. The base passenger car variant on the photo also gets the new 2.0 engine, and it comes in at 70.000 yuan round.

All very nice but I prefer a red one with a black roof and five-spoke gray wheels. This one was also 60.000 yuan, they didn’t really make any difference in price for different wheels and mirrors and such. Easy.

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