China has always been infamous for copying famous automotive designs from around the world. Both cars and bikes of famous brands have equally been affected by the plagiarism of Chinese designers. Recently, at the Beijing Motor Show, a Chinese company, BAIC, showcased their latest product – a ripped off Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6!
What about it?
BAIC, an automotive giant in China, showcased the BJ80, their newest off-roader. While the designers of the Chinese company must be admiring their latest work, their counterparts from Mercedes-AMG are certainly not happy with the BJ80. Why? Because the BJ80’s design looks like a trace paper job and because of its resemblance to the G63 AMG 6X6.
Mercedes-AMG first showcased the G63 6X6 in 2011 and the world could not get enough of the beast raw design. 7 years later, a similar design turns up at a Chinese motor show with different badges on the body. The BJ80 gets a similar body line like the Mercedes-AMG’s product and it even gets round headlamps and the bonnet design. Even the side body of the original vehicle has been copied and the fenders too have a clear similarity. The design of the grab bars on the flatbed has been copied, too.
That’s not all! The interior design also has similarities with the Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6. The central console looks quite familiar and gets similar AC vents and buttons. The only difference is the floating-type screen that the Mercedes-AMG gets. Even the seats are similarly diamond stitched.
However, under the hood, the copying takes a U-turn. The AMG’s version is powered by a massive 5.5-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that generates a maximum power of 544 Bhp and 760 Nm. Not to mention that the 6X6 truck gets the exclusive hand-made engines from the world-renowned AMG division of the company. The BAIC BJ80 gets a 2.3-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces around 250 Bhp.
It is not known if all the 6 wheels of the BIAC’s SUV are powered like the Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6 but it does carry a “6X6” badge on the flatbed’s gate. It is the 6X6 drivetrain layout that makes the original car so popular and capable. The BIAC has made sure that the SUV offers a little more in the visual department. It gets a snorkel, off-road spec bumper, an LED lightbar and an integrated winch.
BIAC has been selling the ripped off AMG G63 for a few years now and with the new car, they have made sure all the possible aspects of the G-Wagen are covered in their showrooms. Interestingly, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz and AMG owns 12 percent of BAIC and also have a joint venture that goes by the name Beijing Benz in China. Beijing Benz produces a handful of Mercedes-Benz models for the Chinese domestic market but the G-Wagen is not one of them. The G-Wagens are produced in Austria by a company called Magna Steyr.
With the kind of equipment the BJ80 carries, it looks like the vehicle will be able to tackle most of the surfaces but will not be able to put a wide grin on the driver’s face, which is an easy job for the Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6. The price of the new vehicle has not been announced yet but we are sure it will cost just a fraction of the original vehicle. Still, is copying legendary vehicles a fair decision? We think it’s not.