Unveiled earlier this year, BAIC’s new Beijing BJ60 full-size SUV has finally rolled off the production line in China. Pre-sales of new Beijing BJ60 are already underway and the vehicle is expected to see its formal launch on the 22nd of November. Official prices are yet to be disclosed but are expected to fall between 239,800 – 289,800 yuan (PKR 75.39 lac to PKR 91.1 lac).
Currently, there are 5 models under Beijing off-road vehicles. The BJ60 is positioned above the BJ40-series and below the flagship BJ90. The dimensions and overall profile is quite reminiscent to that of Toyota Land Cruiser Prado as well as GWM’s Tank 500. In terms of dimensions, the BJ60 measures 5,040 mm long, 1,955 mm wide and 1,925 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,820 mm.
The BJ60 adopts BAIC’s signature design language with a recognizable grille that we have already seen with the BJ40 Plus SUV here. Other exterior details include side steps, roof rails, the spare wheel cover, spoiler with embedded stop lamp, and a chrome-finished bumper with the license area on the left side.
Inside there is a 4-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, a digital rear-view, a 10.25-inch instrument panel, a HUD (head-up display), and a 12.8-inch floating central control screen that supports Bluetooth, OTA updates, and voice interaction, a 256-color ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof and an audio system with 12 speakers with an amplifier.
Plus there is a 1.92-inch screen in between the air vents that is not only a vehicle start/stop button, but can also switch to time and weather display. The BJ60 will come in both 5-seat and 7-seat versions with powered multi-directional seat adjustment, heating, ventilation, as well as massage function.
Under the hood, the BJ60 gets 2.0L turbo with 48V hybrid powertrain good for 196kW (263hp) and 406Nm, mated to an 8-speed automated manual gearbox, sending power to all four wheels. BAIC claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of just under 6 seconds. Like any off-road vehicle, the BJ60 has 2H, 4H, and 4L options with 9 driving modes.
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Furthermore, to get far in those empty off-road lands, the BJ60 comes equipped with a large 85L fuel tank and a 35L auxiliary tank for a claimed driving range of 1,000 km per filling.
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