After a long wait, Sazgar has finally initiated pre-bookings of the BAIC BJ40 Plus SUV from this week. The pre-booking form for BJ40 can be found on BAIC Pakistan website. This is the second time that the pre-booking form has been made available online, it first went live in May 2021 however the website was taken offline just a day after publishing this article.
BJ40 will be the first product to be introduced in Pakistan by the Sazgar-BAIC venture which enjoys Greenfield investment status. The test production at Sazgar-BAIC plant was already commenced in May 2021 with locally assembled units rolling off the assembly lines prior to the official launch.
The BAIC BJ40 is a proper off-roading vehicle with a ladder-frame chassis, high ground clearance and a decent approach angle. The local assembled BJ40 will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine that develops 218 hp of power and 270 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Power is sent to either front or all four wheels depending on the variant.
The vehicle will be well-equipped with dual-tone interior, digital speedometer, detachable roof, dual airbags, ABS+EBD, rear anti-spin differential, 7” touchscreen multimedia system with DVD/ MP3/ AUX/ USB, rear parking sensors & engine immobilizer etc. Official prices are yet to be announced but as per sources the BJ40 will cost around PKR 6.5 to 7.0 million.
The BJ40 Plus (marketed as B40 Plus) was recently launched in South Africa, which is another Right Hand Drive market like ours. Interestingly however, just like Pakistan the vehicle was introduced there after a wait of almost 2 years after being confirmed for South African market.
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