This is the Beijing Auto BJ40L for China

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The Beijing Auto BJ40L is finally here. It will have its public debut on the Beijing Auto Show next month and launch on the Chinese car market around the same time. The BJ40L is the much delayed four-door version of the Beijing Auto BJ40. The BJ40L arrives with a new grille and an updated interior, and the B40 will get all that too.

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The BJ40L will be available with three engines: the good old 2.4 with 143hp and 217nm, and two old Saab units: a 2.0 turbo with 204hp and a 2.3 turbo with 250hp. The latter is the same engine that also powers the Beijing Auto BJ80C. All engines are mated to a five-seed manual transmission, sending horses to all four wheels.

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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 interior gets a new center console, a new instrument binnacle, and a new steering wheel (compare), looking much better altogether although still not overtly modern. Perforated pedals will sure save some weight on this almost-two tonne monster!



The screen is just big enough. Most functions are touch controlled.


The rear bench we have been waiting for since 2011. Well, it looks like a fine bench. A bit flat, without any support against sliding. Not a very good place to sit when the off roading goes wild. But there is enough space for three, the legs, and the heads.


The hardtop roof can come off completely for a breath of fresh Beijing air.


New grille an improvement.


The Saab 2.3 turbo.



Door opens up and to the right, which is somewhat odd because it will be very much in the way when the car parked on the side of the road and the owner wants to load the beer.


The ‘new’ BJ40L from China.

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  1. Subject: Quality Petrol Issue with My BAIC BJ40L 2021

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I trust this message finds you well. My name is [Your Name], and I am a proud owner of a BAIC BJ40L 2021 for the past one and a half years. I have been thoroughly satisfied with the vehicle’s performance and features during this time.

    However, I am writing to bring to your attention a recurring issue I have been experiencing with the car’s engine performance, which is related to the quality of petrol available in the northern region of Iraq where I reside. The petrol quality in this area is not up to the standard, and I’ve encountered a problem where a warning message appears on the screen meter, stating, “Engine knocking has resulted in lower Octane.” Subsequently, while driving at any speed, the car suddenly slows down to a complete stop. This poses a significant safety concern, especially when driving on the road.

    As an owner who has consistently used only the Super type of petrol in this region, I am eager to find a solution to prevent this issue from recurring or to potentially disable this feature, considering the unavailability of high-quality petrol in my area. I understand that the system is designed to protect the engine, but I would like to explore options that can help me overcome this challenge while ensuring the safety of my vehicle.

    I kindly request your guidance on how to address this issue effectively or if there are any modifications or adjustments that can be made to the car’s settings to mitigate the problem. Additionally, if there are any recommendations or specific procedures I should follow to ensure the smooth operation of my BAIC BJ40L under these circumstances, please provide detailed instructions.

    Your assistance and expertise in resolving this matter would be greatly appreciated. I value my BAIC BJ40L and its safety on the road, and I trust that together, we can find a solution to this issue.

    Thank you for your prompt attention to my concerns. I eagerly await your response. Please feel free to reach out to me at [Your Contact Information] if you require any further information or clarification.

    Warm regards,

    Jalal Hassan


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