BAIC South Africa launches the B40 PLUS

BAIC South Africa has officially announced the launch of their iconic SUV, the B40 PLUS. The B40 PLUS, which has its roots in the military, has over 60 years of heritage to draw on. It has been tested in almost every condition, altitude, terrain and application over this time leading to the claim that it was born in the battlefield and perfected in the real world.

BAIC Automotive Group Co., Ltd. (BAIC Group) has become one of the five largest automotive groups in China with its headquarters located in Beijing and at the Turin Styling Centre in Italy and production bases all over China. The company also boasts a local assembly plant in Coega in the Eastern Cape.

Design & Interior

The design of the B40 PLUS is bold and imposing. The styling echoes the confidence of the driver, with aggressive bumpers and wheel arches. The vehicle commands presence whether it’s on city streets or showcasing its prowess off-road.

It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling city streets or exploring the hidden paths, you get to do it in comfort and style in the B40 PLUS. The considered cabin is modern, sleek and contains all the appointments you would need in an SUV from Dual Zone Air Conditioner, 6-speaker audio system, colour-coded interior trim, chrome accents and to top it all off, reclining rear seats.

There are also features like the reverse camera, Park Distance Control (PDC), and customizable Multi-Information Display (MID), to keep the driver in complete control of his landscape.

Off-road capability

The vehicle’s off-road ability did not just inspire the design, the B40 PLUS was designed with practicality, and functionality, at the forefront of consideration.

The front suspension is a double wishbone/coil spring independent suspension while the rear suspension is a 5-link/coil spring non-independent suspension. The overhangs are minimal and combined with a ground clearance of 210mm, it results in a generous approach angle of 37 degrees, departure angle of 31 degrees and ramp-over angle of 23 degrees.

The selectable 4WD system with mechanical central transfer case and rear differential lock allows driver control over how the engine is powered, dependent on the terrain, conditions and requirements.

Safety and Security

The B40 PLUS comes standard with a host of active and passive safety features to ensure your adventure is on your terms. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) are standard across all models, while some models also feature Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Ascent Control (HAC) and Hill Descent Control (HAC).

The B40 PLUS also has a built-in cage anti-roll body structure and anti-roll bar framework composed of a high strength steel plate and pipe beam, doubling protection and able to maintain integrity in a 50-metre hillside roll, ensuring the safety of driver and passengers alike.

Engines

The B40 PLUS is available in 2.0 litre Petrol Turbo or 2.0 litre Turbo Diesel. The petrol engine kicks out 160kW @ 5500 r/min, while the diesel pushes out 110kW @ 4000 r/min and 350Nm of torque at 1800-2800 r/min.

Model line-up

  • B40 PLUS Diesel
  • B40 PLUS Petrol
  • B40 PLUS City Hunter Diesel
  • B40 PLUS City Hunter Petrol
  • B40 PLUS Champion Petrol

Colour Range

  • Ice White
  • Onyx Black
  • Desert Red
  • Military Green
  • Forest Green
  • Sky Blue
  • Ocean Blue

Pricing

The B40 PLUS is priced quite competitively, offering generous features in all models in the line-up. The range starts from R549,500 and goes up to R629,500 for the top-of-the-range offering.

All B40 PLUS models are sold with a 5-year/120,000km warranty. Competitive service plan options are available. Service intervals are 15,000km/12 months for both the Petrol and Diesel models.

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