Spy Shots: Beijing Auto BJ40L is Ready for the Chinese car market

Published on August 14, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto BJ40L is Ready for the Chinese car market

Spy Shots showing the all-new Beijing Auto BJ40L, the four-door version of the Beijing Auto BJ40. The BJ40L debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and will be launched on the Chinese car market in October.


The BJ40 will be available with two four-cylinder petrol engines: the good old 2.4 with 143hp and 217nm, and a ‘new’ Saab-developed 2.0 turbo with 204hp and 280nm.

Beijing Auto Industrial Corporation (BAIC), the owner of the Beijng Auto brand, 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 2.0 turbo will also become available in the regular BJ40, and Beijing Auto is finalizing work on a super sporty version (pictured) of the BJ40 which will sport said Saab 2.3 turbo with 250hp! Bring it on…


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  2. dragn- August 15, 2015 Reply

    I don’t think so. This ole B40, or BJ 40, style has been around for quite a while now, albeit in a shorter version. We really haven’t seen anything new come out of Beijing Auto Works for some time. Senova, Yinxiang Beiqi Foton,next door, on the other hand have turned out some attention getters.

    1. Tycho de Feijter- August 16, 2015 Reply

      Hello Dragin (Dragn?). You know that I know that the BJ40 debuted as a concept all the way back in 2011 as the B70 (http://www.carnewschina.com/2011/04/19/shanghai-auto-show-beijing-auto-works-b70/). But the car on photos is a new car, with a new name. It is the final production version, not a prototype or a concept. Sure it is based on another car, but that doesn’t make it less new. Greetings!

      1. dragn- August 17, 2015 Reply

        First of all Tycho, I must apologize for my mistake. The BJ40 is not a BAW product, but rather a product of the BAIC independent, now referred to as BAIC Motor Sales, as seen in its website.
        http://www.baicmotorsales.com/. But it is just that we have been seeing this same model since 2008 and I guess I am bored with the very minor revisions.

  3. Dr TD Bennett- August 16, 2015 Reply

    Please notify, esecally anything about Saab and 4WDs – genuine 4WDs with high-low
    range transfer boxes.

  4. Dr TD Bennett- August 16, 2015 Reply

    I agree with Dragn. Not really a “new” product, nor an indication of better things from BAW.

    Still, perhaps in time and with
    earnest R&D.

  5. chandan mallik- February 28, 2017 Reply

    What platform has been used for the BJ40?
    Is it a body-on-frame from Jeep Wrangler or a unibody from Saab?

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