More power for the BJ80!

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BAW, a subsidiary of BAIC, manufactures a wide range of off-road vehicles for the Chinese market. From the spartan BJ212 to the luxurious BJ90, there’s a vehicle for most off-road segments.

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In 2017, BAW released a curious G-class lookalike called the BJ80. Despite protests from Mercedes, BAIC’s joint venture partner, it looks like the BJ80 is still very much alive in 2021- getting a mighty new 3.0T V6 engine!

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Externally, the BJ80 is a blend of Land Rover, Jeep, and Mercedes. The front facia has BAW’s not-inspired-by-Jeep grille and not-inspired-by-Land Rover headlights. From the side and rear quarter, the BJ80 is hard to differentiate from the G-Wagon apart from light fixtures, rim design, and nameplates.

Kits are available for those who want to modify their BJ80 to a “proper” Brabus G-wagon, which is quite convincing from afar or at speed. Don’t believe everything you see on Chinese roads!

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Initially powered by a SAAB/GM-derived 170kW 2.3T engine, the 2021 model is now available with a 206kW 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Torque is increased from 345Nm to 402Nm, useful for navigating off-road terrain.

Equipped with a 4WD system and rear differential lockers, the BJ80 should have some off-road capability. Pricing is quoted at 359,900-438,000 RMB (55,500USD-67,600USD).

For those who want a bit more, BAW has made a prototype BJ80 6×6 (definitely not inspired by the G63 6×6). It’s hard to believe what you see anymore! 

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  1. I would like to complain regarding Eagle 580 model 2019 year. I bought the car from ABAZA.
    it has something wrong concerning the breaks. please advise what I have to do.
    Thanks a lot for your advise and help.

  2. These models of BAIC no longer fall under the “BAW” brand , but rather under BAIC’s new brand called “Beijing”, since October 15,2019.
    As for the old “BAW”, it has been all but spun off by BAIC Group, as its ownership is now held by Yao Changsheng’s Beijing Auto Assembly Factory , Fulu of Qingdao, and Qinyong of Shanghai.
    By comparison, BAW’s current products are somewhat crude as compared to those of “BAIC Motor Corp,Ltd.” which makes that BJ80, and counts Daimler as one of its minor stakeholders.

  3. When you compare the prices to the Land Rover Defender and Ineos Grenadier, not to mention the Ford Bronco, they are not as competitive as one may expect, although still better than some Mercedes G Wagons!


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