China’s BAIC has launched the new BJ60, the latest addition to its rich SUV lineup that combines a hybrid powertrain with a very Toyota Land cruiser-style body with a jeep-like face (even if it avoids using a 7-slotted grille). BAIC’s ladder-frame SUV, which was previewed in a series of official sketches a few months ago, will compete against the Tank 500 of the same size in China.
In terms of footprint, the BJ60 is 5,020 mm (197.6 inches) long, 1,925 mm (75.7 inches) wide and 1,955 mm (76.9 inches) long, with a wheelbase of 2,820 mm (110 inches). These figures make it slightly longer than the Toyota Land Cruiser Series 300, although the latter still dominates the wheelbase at a small distance. In BAIC’s own SUV range, the BJ60 surpasses the BJ80 but is smaller than the BJ90 based on the previous generation Mercedes-Benz GLS.
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As you can tell, BJ60 combines components from different brands. The illuminated grille combined with the LED headlights is reminiscent of the Jeep, the toned fender and window lines are clearly inspired by the Toyota Land Cruiser, while the taillights have a touch of Ford Explorer. For press photos, BAIC has chosen a light blue exterior paint with a skid plate, roof rails and matte silver accents on the window frames, as well as a two-tone 20-inch wheel set.
Inside we see three rows of seats lined with white perforated leather, while the SUV will also be available in a five-seater variant. The dashboard features a digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch free-standing infotainment touchscreen, and pixel-like graphics next to the passengers. Other features include a head-up display, a premium audio system, ambient lighting, heated seats and a panoramic roof.
BAIC did not release specs for the BJ60, but said that its hybrid powertrain will provide 1,000 km (621 miles) and 0-100 km / h (0-62 miles) sprints in 6 seconds. According to Autohome, the ladder-frame SUV will come with AWD, differential locks, and lots of off-road-focused systems that will enhance its performance off the beat track.
The price has not been announced yet but we hope it will match closely with competitors like the Tank 500. We also don’t know if BAIC is interested in exporting BJ60 to other markets where demand for large and sick ICE-powered SUVs is strong.