Chinese automobile company BAIC is now in town with the BJ40 model that features an exterior design similar to the wrangler and an interior that is very different than most SUVs – it took me a while for instance to locate the engine start button but after that, it was a smooth ride.
Since 1984, BAIC and AMC produced JEEP series products. After decades of producing of military products, BAIC ORV started focusing on off-road SUV, with independent researching, developing, and producing technologies. We took the BJ40 for a few days and here’s what we found out:
The car was great as a city car while driving but we noticed numerous off-road features displayed on the dashboard for drivers with information about altitude, pressure, height, direction, and atmospheric pressure. This would be ideal for those who go out to the deserts for off roading and camping.
The high-performance Turbocharged 2.3T Engine and gear box 6AT transmission box supports four modes: ECO, Maximum power 184kw, maximum torque 350Nm while fuel consumption is 11.7 L per 100km.
Inside the car, we found ample space for the driver and the passengers while the trunk space was standard. The comfortable interior space is similar to a mid-size SUV and came complete with cup holders, power control windows, power doors, a sun visor with mirror, a digital clock and as we drove a lot during the day, the air conditioning system was effective.
The safety features include an Anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, parking sensors, anti-roll cage, airbags, central locking system, and a hill hold control system. The car is affordable and reasonable for the features it offers.
Overall, the drive experience was comfortable with good handling and practical for everyday use.