Spy Shots: civilian version of the Beijing Auto B80 is Naked in China

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The very best spy shots so far of the civilian version of the upcoming Beijing Auto B80. The civilian version will be called B80V and the military version B80VJ. The Beijing Auto B80 is expected to debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April. The civilian version will be launched on the China car market sometime late next year.

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The civilian version will be powered by a rather old 2.4 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 143hp and 217nm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission sending power to all four wheels. The engine also powers the just-launched Beijing Auto B40. Horsepower seems small for such a big and heavy car.

Rumors say Beijing Auto is trying to fit the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo from the Shenbao D-Series under the bonnet. This engine has a more serious output of 204hp and 290nm. However, we know Beijing Auto tried the 2.0 turbo in the B40 and decided against it, likely because the chassis couldn’t handle that much power. We doubt that will be different for the B80.

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That’s the 2.4.


Design is a curious mix of elements of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a bit of Land Rover. The ensuing result loox rather hip, especially with those large chromed flashy mirrors.

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  1. First thing I thought when I saw the top picture of the post was: “Hey, someone spotted a Mercedes G55.” It all seems a bit familiar from that angle…


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