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A quick survey of the BAW website reveals that a few of the classic models (of the 212 and Zhanqi family) have been retired. The vehicles which remain are the Zhanqi 5-door soft-top (CK) and hardtop, the Jiaodoushi/Gladiator (3-door soft-top), the Zhanqi single cabin and double cabin pickups, and the 3-door LWB station wagon (2030/6460). The models discontinued are the 212 (all versions: jeep, SUV and truck) and the 5-door LWB station wagon. The departure of the 212 will be sadly missed by many (looking at you, Erik!).
 

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2015 baw bj212

News certain to make Erik happy!

After a two-month hiatus, the BJ212 has returned to production. It is now back on BAW's site as well.

Announcement of the 2015 BJ212:

http://www.baw.com.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=18&id=67

The recent changes to the model are laid out in that press release. Appearance has not changed. However, the truck version
has not returned.
 

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2015 BAW BJ2030CEB2 (3 door wagon)

The 3-door wagon gets a new version, for the first time with the 5-slit grille from the smaller Zhanqi. Pictured is a variant with extra-high roof.



From: cn-truck.com
 

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BAW Zhanqi BJ2030CEB2 (long)

Looks like the extended 3-door hardtop version (see post #50) is on its way out. The dealers' lists for 2018 Zhanqi models show three variants only: Zhanqi 5-door CK, Zhanqi standard 5-door, and Gladiator. The list from Autohome shows the extended hardtop among discontinued models.

From Bitauto and Autohome:


 

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Units like BAW and Foton act more autonomously with respect to the parent group. In fact, BAW is not even owned by BAIC Group Co. Ltd. in the formal sense.

Quote from here as translated:
According to this idea, the reformed BAIC Holdings no longer manages the specific production and operation of the subordinate enterprises, but assigns directors and managers to the subordinate enterprises as the owners of the property rights, and influences the development of the enterprise through the board of directors of the enterprise. BAIC is mainly responsible for the macro planning and strategic layout of the Beijing auto industry.
Note: BAIC Holdings = BAIC Group Co. Ltd. now.

Read the last few paragraphs from the above link to see the twists and turns in the history of BAW (Beijing Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd.). The article is somewhat old (2009), so names and shareholders may have changed.

BAW is owned by "Beijing Automobile Assembly Factory", which is owned by Yao Changsheng, the general manager.

BAW current corporate profile: https://www.qichacha.com/firm_7286b0308c0ea72972d2ac3283634d76.html

P.S.: Also note, BAW and BAIC Off-Road (that makes BJ80/CTL151 and BJ40/L) are not formally related to each other. So never say the BJ80 (also called Yongshi) and BAW Yongshi (BJ2022JC and successors) are from the same firm :)
 

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New variant BJ212 1.5T (BJ2023CHA1)

BAW has launched a new variant of the BJ212 with the Mitsubishi 4A91T 1.5T petrol engine, which powers many vehicles from different Chinese manufacturers. It outputs 110 kW (150 hp) of power [100 kW net] and 200-210 Nm of torque. Otherwise, the BJ212 is available with 2.0L petrol or 2.8L turbodiesel engines.

The Zhanqi too will be available with this engine soon (BJ2033CHA1).
 

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@CCF mod, the pictures in post #63 are not those of the BJ212 1.5T, despite what the Autohome gallery claims. The rear clearly shows the model to be a BJ2023CHB3 which has the 2.0L 75 kW 4G20C engine.

Looks like the dealer or BAW rep did not have an actual 1.5T at their disposal by the time of the photoshoot and stuck the 1.5T's specification sheet behind the windscreen of this particular vehicle, misleading the photographer. I wouldn't expect every auto website staff member to be well-conversant with NDRC codes or for him/her to check the relevant sites before a photoshoot :)
 

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2019 bj212

The BJ212 with the new front clip shown above, unveiled in late December, is the "New Chassis" (新款底盘) model that is at present a prototype/test car but could go into production later this year (the latest 1.5T on sale still uses the old front clip/body panels as seen here). Note that doors are new, the body seems more taut, and exterior fit/finish has improved greatly.




Besides the revision at the front, the most important change has been made to the suspension. Borrowing from the 007, the new model will have a front independent, coil spring/rear multi-link, coil spring, non-independent setup*. This is to improve ride comfort. Whereas, the current version has a longitudinal leaf spring, non-independent setup front and rear.




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You are correct. Pictures #1 & 3 are of the current BJ212 (BJ2023CHA1; 1.5T), #2 & 4 are of the "New Chassis" model.

All versions of the current BJ212 have dimensions of 4080 x 1840 x 1870 mm, wheelbase 2300 mm. The truck/troop carrier versions with 2 doors and longer bodies are sold no more.

Now, please refer to this image. This spec sheet is stuck to the windshield of the "New Chassis" model and proclaims so at the top (新款底盘). Here we see the dimensions are 4080 x 1840 x 1870 mm; wheelbase 2300 mm, which are the same as above, i.e those of the current BJ212. But, as you say, visually the bodies look clearly different, and I cannot reconcile this with what the spec sheet says.

Is it possible that the body shell itself (measured top to bottom) is now narrower/sleeker, producing the illusion that the "New Chassis" model is longer? Note also that because of the new slim hood/bonnet, the windshield and consequently the canvas roof are in a lower position.

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A true long-wheelbase prototype of the BJ212 diesel was shown February last year (see posts 52 and 53). It had dimensions of 4340 x 1840 x 1930 mm; wheelbase 2540 mm.

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Recall that the Zhanqi (closely related to the BJ212) comes in two lengths: 4080 mm (CK) and 4340 mm (hardtop), with wheelbases of 2300 mm and 2500 mm respectively.
 
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