Saab based Chinese Four-door “Jeep” Spied in Beijing

Saab baised BAIC BJL40LSaab baised BAIC BJL40L

This is Exclusive Spy Shots of the new Beijing Auto BJ40L  ( the much delayed four-door version of the Beijing Auto BJ40) SUV by BAIC with SAAB engine.

First spy-images appeared last summer (two door version BJ40), but in these pictures is the car for the first time recorded on the streets in China. The four-door SUV is based on the old Saab 9-5 and boasts a turbocharged SAAB 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 204hp and 280nm.

BJL40L with Saab 2.0 Turbo engine
BJL40L with Saab 2.0 Turbo engine

BAIC bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 and SAAB 9-5  (platforms of the Saab 9-3 and first generation Saab 9-5) from GM in 2009, and most of the BAIC cars and engine are based on Saab technology. The BJ40L is about 40 centimeter longer than the BJ40, and price will start around 160.000 yuan ($24,000).

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BLS40L interior

Saab based SUV BJL40


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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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