BAIC BJ40 Plus SUV open for booking in Malaysia – 221 hp/380 Nm 2.0T petrol, fr. RM180k-200k estimated

BAIC BJ40 Plus SUV open for booking in Malaysia – 221 hp/380 Nm 2.0T petrol, fr. RM180k-200k estimated

Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) has made its debut in Malaysia, introducing two SUVs to mark its entry into the local market. The first is the X55 II, a C-segment SUV that will go up against the likes of the Proton X70 and Honda CR-V.

The second is this one, the BJ40 Plus, an off-road styled SUV with an exterior presentation more than reminiscent of the Jeep Wrangler and a moniker offering a nod to a familiar, long-running Japanese line.

Measuring in at 4,645 mm long, 1,925 mm wide and 1,871 mm tall, with a 2,745 mm-long wheelbase, the BJ40 Plus should be just the thing if you’re into boxy shapes and like the idea of having a vehicle with a detachable elements, because like the vehicle it borrows its idea from, items like the top cover and doors can be removed.

Design highlights on the body-on-frame offering include a five-hole front grille design, under bumper guards and off-road towing hooks, with a total of four to be found on the front and rear of the vehicle. Standard exterior kit includes LED front headlights and daytime running lights as well as LED combination tail lights.

Inside, you’ll find a cabin equipped with leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 12.3-inch LCD instrument panel and a 10-inch central touchscreen display as well as ambient lighting.

Other interior specifications include a four-way powered driver’s seat, two USB ports, a six-speaker audio system and reverse camera. From a volume perspective, the rear trunk offers 532 litres of cargo space, and this can be expanded to 965 litres with the rear seats folded.

Only one variant form of the SUV will go on sale here, and it’ll be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine that has 221 hp and 380 Nm of twist. The mill is paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a Borg-Warner part-time four-wheel drive system, offering three modes, these being 2H/2L/4L.

As for pricing, it is estimated that the BAIC BJ40 Plus will go from RM180k to above RM190k. Like with the X55 II on-location example, the vehicle in these photos is also a pre-production unit, with the finalised CKD version – which will be assembled by EP Manufacturing (EPMB) at its plant in Melaka – only set to be delivered in the fourth quarter of the year.

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Comments

  • Azmir on May 16, 2024 at 7:03 pm

    99% DOA

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  • Copy cat on May 16, 2024 at 7:35 pm

    Outside jeep, inside merc

    Would hve though they can come up with own unique designs by now..

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  • That LCD screen colours looks weird.

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  • ROTI CANAI on May 16, 2024 at 8:30 pm

    Mabuk ah. Drink too much moutai

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  • Besi buruk Co on May 16, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    Reduce, Recycle..Rethink

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  • tricycle on May 16, 2024 at 8:45 pm

    Beautiful, now a tru challenger to Cr-v 1.5T. I would prefer this to Cr-V. 2.0Turbo, AWD, really rugged exterior design.

    Sorry other Japanese compact SUV can’t beat Cr-v. Maybe it is time to look from other manufacturers.

    If not, as a consumer, they will not treat us fairly due to the no-competition in this segment, the Cr-v segment.

    Downside, having glass roof, oi pokok tumbang in Malaysia a lot.

    Steering grip looks great. Only the logo looks a bit ugly.

    Hopefully it comes with all the ADAS as standard, and please bring other option WITHOUT the glass roof.

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    • Z900 2016 on May 17, 2024 at 9:11 am

      yeah challenge against u the ONLY potential buyer in Malaysia hahaha LOL

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    • Phaser on May 17, 2024 at 4:48 pm

      Confucius say…a fool and his money are soon parted

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  • joejambol on May 16, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    Nak muntah tgk banyak sgt kete china

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  • Sanac on May 16, 2024 at 9:56 pm

    Looks like a vehicle from 2004. 20 years behind in styling.

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  • mrupai on May 17, 2024 at 5:20 am

    Nice look
    JV with local co’ epmb bhd?

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  • Jojie on May 17, 2024 at 8:32 am

    Engine, transmission and 4WD system specification looks exactly the same as the JMC Vigus Pro.

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  • Wow. With that kind of pricing, I wouldn’t be surprise if people won’t buy. Not insulting China quality, but copy and paste Mercedes interior and Jeep exterior doesn’t entitle you to charge people like that. Chinese car so overcrowded in Malaysia, makes Japanese car look exclusive. Haha

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  • HAHAHAHAHAHA. 180-200K ? What is BAIC smoking? give some lehhhhh….

    I’d take Model 3 or Y anytime rather than this junk

    You are CHINESE car, remember that when setting your price

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  • jjunna on May 17, 2024 at 9:40 am

    alamak.. after series of “original looking” china cars.. here comes a rip-off design! throwback to mid 2000s

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  • hazri on May 17, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    gen2 sport rim, mercedes aircond, mazda small lcd screen, exora steering, discovery headlight, audi gear knob, honda city rear vent, porsche blue color. complete set. what more do you want.

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  • Lets See on May 17, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    So a Cherokee clone is now acceptable?

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  • Jeep owner on May 18, 2024 at 10:12 am

    I better get my real jeep instead of knockoff jeep

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  • Baic man on May 19, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    No ADAS ah,pity for 2024

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