Chinese manufacturers are known to copy products from all over the world. They even copy cars and motorcycles from other brands. While we do not get Chinese vehicles in our Indian market, Pakistan has some Chinese manufacturers that are selling the products. These copycat cars and motorcycles cost a fraction of the original counterpart. Today, we bring you something special that is being sold in Pakistan and is from a Chinese manufacturer.
The name of the manufacturer is BAIC. They are known for extensively copying other big manufacturers. They have a SUV known as BAIC BJ40 Plus. It looks like a hybrid version of the Thar and the Bolero. You can see many design elements from other manufacturers too. The grille is similar to the one found on Jeep and the headlamp design is very similar to the one found on the older generations of the Land Rover SUVs.
From the side profile, you would immediately notice the resemblance to the Jeep Wrangler. Even the alloy wheel design is similar to the one found on Jeep vehicles. The flared wheel arches are more squared-off than a regular Jeep Wrangler. The chrome finished outside rearview mirror looks identical to the one found in the previous generation of Mahindra Thar. Then we come to the rear, where you will see a lot of resemblance to the Wrangler’s rear-end. The tail lamps, tailgate design and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel are quite similar to the Wrangler. BAIC themselves market the BJ40 as a proper off-road SUV. So, the manufacturer has mounted tow hooks in the front and also at the rear.
Despite the similarities to various vehicles. The BAIC BJ40 comes loaded with features. It comes with a full LCD 12.3-inch driver’s display that shows various information to the driver. There is a floating 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system whose design is identical to the previous generation of BMW’s infotainment system. There is an inbuilt dashcam mounted behind the rearview mirror that starts up as soon as the SUV starts.
It comes with an electric adjustment for the driver seat, leather upholstery and many practical storage spaces throughout the cabin. It also has cruise control, all power windows, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, rear wiper and much more. The hardtop that we seen in the images is removable just like on the Mahindra Thar and Jeep Wrangler. The headlamps and tail lamps are all LED units.
Powering the SUV is a 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes with direct injection. It produces 250 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. There is also a 2.0-litre diesel engine that is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It also comes with differential locks which can be helpful while off-roading.
Earlier, we have also seen Chinese copycat versions of the Lamborghini Diablo, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, Land Rover Evoque, MINI Cooper, Porsche Macan and much more. They have also copied motorcycles like Royal Enfield Himalayan, Ducati Panigale 959, KTM Duke, BMW S1000RR, Honda CBR250R, Yamaha R1 and many more.