BAIC offers a sneak preview of the South Africa-bound B40 PLUS SUV at the Festival of Motoring Johannesburg
New all-terrain SUV set to join the compact D20 and X25 crossover in the South African BAIC line-up • B40 PLUS features rugged styling and robust underpinnings • Truly capable off-road but with plenty of comfort and convenience features for the daily drive
21 August 2019, Johannesburg – Chinese car maker BAIC revealed its new B40 PLUS SUV, at the Festival of Motoring this week, which is destined for South Africa in the first quarter of 2020. The new go-anywhere SUV features a body-on-frame design, selectable 4WD system with an electronically activated low-range transfer case, and rear diff-lock to help it tackle the toughest South African terrain. At the front, the B40 PLUS uses a double-wishbone coil spring suspension, while at the rear a five-link rigid axle setup, to ensure maximum comfort and offroad capability.
The B40 PLUS is truly capable off the beaten path with a 220mm ground clearance and a respectable 23-degree breakover angle. Front and rear approach and departure angles are set at 37 and 31 degrees respectively, making the SUV particularly adept at negotiating steep inclines and descents. Engine options will include 2.0 L turbo petrol and diesel variants, paired with an option of a 5- speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The distinctive four-door body is styled with rugged details such as wide fender flares, a tailgate-mounted spare wheel, red-painted tow hooks and aggressive 17-inch all-terrain tyres. The front windscreen can be folded forward and the rear roof section is removable to enable open-air driving for up to five passengers.
The modern interior is hi-tech enough to rival far more expensive SUV offerings with a floating 10-inch central touch screen infotainment display and a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster with three configurable theme options including Classic, Speed and Trek.
The South African market will be the first in the world to debut the new B40 PLUS in right-hand drive configuration, demonstrating the importance of the region for BAIC. More detailed local specifications and pricing will be made available closer to time of launch in the first quarter of 2020
BAIC Group is a leading passenger vehicle manufacturer and holding company of several automobile with its head office in Beijing, China. BAIC is one of the top five automobile manufacturing groups in China and ranked129 the in Global Fortune 500 in 2019 . BAIC Group has an operating history of 61 years, and was established in 1958. Today, it has developed into a comprehensive and modern automobile conglomerate with diversified business portfolio and integrating vehicle research and development and manufacturing, parts and components manufacturing. BAIC Group exports to more than 20 countries including Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Middle East, and South East Asia. The company’s brands cover joint venture premium passenger vehicles, joint venture premium multi-purpose passenger vehicles, joint venture mid- to high-end passenger vehicles and proprietary brand passenger vehicles. BAIC Group’s principal subsidiaries include the passenger car maker BAIC Motor; a military vehicle and SUV maker, and a truck, bus, and agricultural equipment maker, Foton Motor. BAIC Group also makes Hyundai and Mercedes-branded cars for sale on the Chinese market through the Beijing Hyundai and Beijing Benz joint ventures. BAIC’s South African passenger vehicle portfolio includes the compact SUV, the X25; and hatchback, D20. In 2016, BAIC Group announced a R11 billion) vehicle manufacturing plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the investment constitutes the single largest automotive investment in Africa in 40 years.