Spy Shots: Beijing Auto V80 is Ready for the Chinese army

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New spy shots of the military version of the upcoming Beijing Auto B80. The military version is designated ‘B80VJ. Beijing Auto is also working on a civilian version which will be called ‘B80V’. The Beijing Auto B80 is expected to debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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The latest reports indicate the military version will be powered by a 2.7 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 150hp and 235nm, mated to a 5-speed automatic. Earlier on we heard the B80VJ would get a 3.2 liter six-cylinder diesel engine, and after that there were reports about a Cummins 2.8 liter four-cylinder turbo diesel.

The messy engine-story is typical for Beijing Auto and indicates they have been testing with various engines during the development process. A diesel engine is more likely for an army vehicle than a petrol engine, so we think there will be a diesel, but which one is yet unclear. The civilian version will be powered by a 2.4 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 143hp and 217nm.

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Design is an interesting mix between Jeep, Hummer, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The B80 will be deployed in various roles in the army; such as command vehicle, scout vehicle, utility vehicle, and light assault vehicle. The B80 is strong enough to carry a machine gun or a light rocket launcher. We also heard Beijing Auto is working on an ultra-light variant for airborne operations.


Sporty alloys look surprisingly hip in army green.

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