Jeep Cherokee is still in Production in China

Published on April 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

This is the good old Jeep Cherokee, still in production in China today. Name is different: Beijing Auto Works Knight S12. The Knight is a left-over from the Beijing-Jeep joint venture (later Beijing-Chrysler, later Beijing-Daimler-Chrysler). The JV made the Cherokee in China from 1984 until 2009. When Chrysler-in-crisis pulled out in 2009 Beijing Auto Works, a subsidiary of BAIC, continued production of the Cherokee all by itself.

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

The Knight, or Qishi in Chinese, is powered by a 2.0 4-cylinder with 122hp or a 2.2 with 141hp. Both engines mated to a five-speed manual. Driveline either 4×2 or 4×4. The engines are old Nissan units, the American 2.5 and 4.0 are no longer used for the Knight.

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

Price for all this pretty starts at 78.800 yuan and ends at 93.800 yuan, that is between 11.940 and 14.200 US dollar. Not much money for a classic!

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

Interior has been upgraded as well, this is a 4×4.

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

Party! Pic of the first Beijing-Jeep Cherokee’s running of the line back in ’84.

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

My very own 1998 ‘City Special’. Bull bar, side steps and red leather seats are after market, done after I bought it from a friend for 5000 dollar with only 50.000 km on the clock, its got 75.000 now. Tires are new too, just the second set, and I changed the cassette deck for a fake Sony CD-player.

The previous Qishi.

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

The very last version of the Beijing-Jeep, called ‘Jeep 2500’, made until 2006.

Beijing-Jeep Cherokee

They made this one for awhile alongside the 2500; the 2700 got 200cc more. Buyers didn’t see the point and the 2700 was soon killed, only the 2500 stayed until the end, the V6 by that time long gone… But the great Cherokee fortunately still stays with us.


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  1. cjcz92- April 27, 2012 Reply

    What is it with Chinese cars and the cheap tail lights? Dumb question but really, don’t they see how awful they look?

  2. Paulzzz- April 27, 2012 Reply

    Glad it is still alive!

  3. Bren- April 27, 2012 Reply

    Always thought that the Cherokee, with a bit of ‘work,(larger tyres, modified grille, taped windows to raise belt line, BUMMER/MUMMER badging ) could look like a mini-Hummer. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f59/hummer-grill-642788/ LOL

  4. Bren- April 27, 2012 Reply

    Jeep-Hummer = Jummer ?

  5. Tycho de Feyter- April 27, 2012 Reply

    @ Bren.

    Too late, Jummer-name has been taken…



  6. dragin- May 2, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the refresher on this ole SUV maker Tycho.
    When Jeep goes full bore down in Hunan, in its new venture with GAC, i.e. GAC Fiat, I can’t but wonder if any IPR conflicts with its old partner, will arise.

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  8. Chris- January 12, 2013 Reply

    Well, now I know where to go to replace my rusting ’98 Cherokee. I would have to keep my 4.0 though. How much to import one to U.S.?

    1. Jeff DeWitt- December 11, 2013 Reply

      Sorry, you can’t bring one to the US, the feds won’t let you as they don’t meet our standards.

      In any case you would be better off finding a sold US built Cherokee and rebuilding it, parts are available to build it about any way you want to.

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