Beijing Auto is going to launch two factory-specials of the polarizing BJ20 SUV, one sporty and one classy. The sporty one looks brilliant. It is painted in matte gray and dressed up with an orange air duct, an orange skid pad, orange wheel arches, and a roof rack with four orange search lights.
The orange fest continues at the back with an extra large orange font (compare to standard) for the Beijing name and an orange skid pad again. Sadly it doesn’t get more power. Engine is the same Mitsubishi-sourced 4A91T 1.5 turbo with 150hp and 210nm. Transmission is a six-speed manual or a CVT, sending power to all four wheels.
Moving on to the classy car. It looks very luxurious with a lot of piano black bits. The entire roof and pillars are in black, and so is the air duct, the bumpers, and the wheel arches. No roof rack on this one.
Same font as on the sporty car but finished in shiny gray. Bumper in piano black.
It is very nice that Beijing Auto is experimenting with colors and kinda, but what the Beijing BJ20 really needs is more power. One hundred fifty horses is just not enough in a brick-like car with a curb weight of 1440 kilo. Beijing Auto lists a 180 km/h top speed but we doubt it will reach 150.
Nevertheless, the BJ20 is a great and daring looking car, and sport version especially turns up the crazy knob a few clicks more. The new variants will hit the market in early 2017.