Want a 5 door Wrangler? Cant afford one? Wait for BAIC’s B70 SUV

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BAIC has already shown off its B40 SUV at other auto shows, the 3 door SUV bares more than a striking resemblance to the 3 door Jeep Wrangler, but that maybe a coincidence as Beijing Auto did work with Jeep since 1984, but the leak of these B70 pictures seem to show that BAIC have taken the Wrangler influence a little too far now, and may potentially draw the wrath of their former partners.

The B40 has been rumored to be coming to the market for a long time, except it hasn’t yet launched, the last launch date we heard was November 2010 but that has come and long gone. The B40 was supposed to be carrying a 2.4L 4 cylinder engine which is a world away from the Wranglers lazy V6 that packs out more torque than most other torquey things, the 5 door B70 is likely to carry the same engine, albeit much slower owing to the added weight that a 5 door wheelbase car brings.

Beijing Auto once cloned the Jeep Cherokee, even though they made it themselves but with a Jeep badge. At the time Chrysler was reportedly ‘upset‘ by BAIC’s actions but had no real recourse due to the complexity of the Daimler-Chrysler partnership and Daimler’s partnership with BAIC for the Mercedes line up.

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  • M0L0TOV
    August 19, 2011

    It makes me wonder what tooling the Chinese automakers have left over from the defunct DaimlerChrysler/Beijing partnership. I’m surprised the platform for the second generation Jeep Grand Cherokee wasn’t used to build some sort of homegrown SUV.

    On another note, good thing Fiatsler is replacing the lazy V6 in the Wrangler with the Pentastar V6.

    One final note, are diesel SUV’s popular in China Ash?

  • CCT
    August 20, 2011

    Diesels are popular in commercial vehicles, and that’s where the oil burning love ends.

  • Rick in China
    August 22, 2011

    I looked up the B40 after reading this, and some of the kitted out special editions look pretty bad-ass for the price. Too bad the engine is kinda weak, but I guess the 4×4′ing around most Chinese cities is limited anyways.

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