The BJ40 should be considered the Chinese Jeep Wrangler. This off-road SUV will soon be offered in the Iranian market by Diyar Khodro
Diar Khodro company, which is located in Golpayegan, Isfahan, has been planning to sell the off-road Chinese bike BJ40 chassis in Iran for about a decade and even exhibited it in the Isfahan car exhibition in 2013, but this work has not been implemented until now. Finally, Diyar Khodro has officially introduced BJ40 to the Iranian market in the 16th edition of the Isfahan Automobile Exhibition and has announced its imminent release to the market. In the following, we will do a full review of this Chinese newcomer to the country’s market.
with one BJ40
The BJ40 was unveiled for the first time at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show as a prototype or close-to-production concept called the B40, and it became known as the Chinese Jeep due to its close resemblance to the Wrangler. About three years later, Bike introduced the production version of this car at the Guangzhou 2013 exhibition. This Chinese off-roader was originally intended as a replacement for the aging BJ212 model, which has been produced in China since 1965. The BJ40 was released to the Chinese market in late 2013 almost unchanged from the 2010 concept.
At first, BJ40 was only produced and offered as a two-door, but at the Beijing exhibition in 2015, Bike also introduced its four-door version under the name BJ40L. Then, at the beginning of 2018, the facelift version of this Chinese jeep with changes in appearance and a completely new cabin was introduced at the Beijing exhibition, and in June of the same year, it was released to the market under the name BJ40 Plus; But this was not the end of the Offroad Bike SUV story, because in the middle of 2019, the pickup version of this car named F40 went to the market. This version is based on the BJ40 Dodder, only the rear seats are replaced by a small cargo room.
Exterior design of the bike BJ40
As mentioned, the BJ40 is considered a copy of the Jeep Wrangler, and thus looks very similar to the veteran American off-roader with prominent fenders and a boxy shape. However, Bike has tried to create a different look than the Wrangler in front of the car by using rectangular lights instead of round ones and a lower grille. This grille, which consists of several U-shaped chrome sections, is actually the signature of the design of the bike and can be seen in all its SUVs. These features have given the front of the BJ40 an attractive and impressive look. In the rear part of the car, but with rectangular lights, spare wheel, raised bumper and separate glass from the trunk door, we see a view completely similar to the Wrangler, to the point that it may be difficult to recognize the car as Chinese from this view, even for familiar and informed people.
inside the bike BJ40
Unlike the exterior, Bike has gone to another world-renowned off-road SUV, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, to design the all-new dashboard it introduced in the 2018 facelift for the BJ40, so it doesn’t bear much resemblance to the Wrangler. Thanks to the G-Class model, the BJ40’s cabin has a relatively luxurious feel with chrome air vents, a standing infotainment display on top of the dashboard, a digital amp display and a modern design of the center console with electronic selectors.
Diyar Khodro plans to release four-door BJ40 and F40 pickup models in Iran, the latter of which has only two seats and a small cargo room with a capacity of 520 liters is installed behind it. Although this cargo room is not large in size, it is practical and can be used to carry things such as the roof panel that can be removed like the Wrangler. On the other hand, the four-door BJ40 trunk has a capacity of 530 liters, which increases to 965 liters by folding the rear seats. Like Wrangler, in this Chinese SUV, the rear window opens separately upwards and the trunk lid opens horizontally to the right.
Offroad bike equipment and features BJ40
Diyar Khodro list of BJ40 equipment for supply in Iran includes stability control system, traction control, auxiliary braking, uphill and downhill movement control, electric parking brake, sport, economic and snow driving modes, tire inflation monitoring, rear differential lock, two airbags. , electric folding side mirrors with heating, auto-holding, 10-inch central display, 4G Wi-Fi internet, cruise control, six-way electric adjustment of the driver’s seat, heated front seats, two-zone air conditioning system, 12.3 digital amp display, automatic lights, system Audio with eight speakers and leather seats has announced.
The chassis of the SUV is 210 mm from the ground, and its attack, escape, and failure angles in the Doder version are 37 degrees, 33 degrees, and 24 degrees, respectively, which is less than even the most urban version of the Wrangler, but it will be suitable for off-roading. Also, unlike the Wrangler, the BJ40 uses an independent double-wishbone design at the front and a multi-link design at the rear, which can provide a better on-road ride than solid axles.
Bike engine and gearbox BJ40
BJ40 is available in China with 2-liter turbodiesel, 2.3-liter turbo gasoline and 2-liter turbo gasoline engines, which Diyar Khodro has chosen to sell in our country. This 2-liter engine produces 225 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque. An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission transmits the power of this engine to all four wheels, so that the BJ40 becomes one of the few four-wheel drive SUVs in the market of our country. The fuel consumption of this car is 10.1 liters per hundred kilometers.
Price, competitors and bike release time BJ10
While the price of the BJ40 bike in China starts from 159,800 yuan equivalent to 22,350 dollars, its exact price in the Iranian market is still unknown. However, according to the officials of Diyar Khodro, the price of this off-road SUV will be something between 1 billion and 500 to 2 billion tomans. This figure will make BJ40 one of the most expensive Chinese SUVs in the Iranian market. This Chinese Jeep will not have a direct competitor in our country, however, UAZ Patriot and Daion Y5 can be considered as its closest competitors. Both of these Russian and Chinese SUVs that have a ladder chassis are sold at a price of one billion and 250 million Tomans, which are definitely much cheaper than the BJ40, but the Bike SUV will be completely superior to them in terms of quality, equipment and power.