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Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep 2500

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Here we have a very fine and very black Beijing-Jeep 2500 seen on a second hand car market in south-west Beijing. The 2500 was a China-only version of the Jeep Cherokee, which was made in China by the Beijing-Jeep joint venture from 1984 until 2009. The 2500 was made from 2003 until 2006.

Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep 2500

The Beijing-Jeep 2500 was available with the same two engines as the Beijing-Jeep Cherokee: the 2.5 four-cylinder and the 4.0 six-in-line. Both engines were mated to a 5-speed manual that sent power to the rear wheels only. The normal Beijing-Jeep Cherokee 4.0 came with 4×4 and a 4-speed automatic.

It wasn’t very expensive, in 2003 the 2.5 started at 119.000 yuan, the 4.0 at 158.800 yuan (14.000 USD – 19.000 USD in 2003 exchange rates). This great black car was a 2.5, did 165.000 km and could be mine for 50.000 yuan. Bit expensive indeed, but that is before negotiations…

Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep 2500

Beijing-Jeep also made a 4×4 ‘2700’ for a while, only available with a 2.7 liter engine based on the 2.5. The 2700 was only made for two years and is extremely rare. More on that one when I snap one! Chrysler pulled out of the Beijing-Jeep joint venture in 2009. The Cherokee/2500 however is still alive, now called the Knight S12 and made by Beijing Auto Works.

Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep 2500

Interior still in good shape. Center console very different compared to standard Cherokee.

Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep 2500

Sporty tires, alloys and roof rack were all factory standard. Most buyers got the optional bull bar.

Spotted in China: Beijing-Jeep 2500

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