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Thank you for the clarification, DMitra.
Seems like the big shake out in BAIC occurred around time of Wang Dazhong's short tenure.
As for the original Beijing Auto Works factory, it was located in the Chaoyang district of Beijing. Now it appears that only the BAW headquarters office remains there while its, and all Beiqi enterprises, production have been moved to sites outside of the city.

A look at Bloomberg's online information indicates that it is somewhat out of date.
https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=6479020
 

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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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The gray vehicle at top looks like an altogether different body, with a much shorter front overhang, and possibly a shorter wheelbase.
And, in these two photos of the suspension, it looks like the top one is the old front suspension with longitudinal leaf springs, and the bottom one is the new rear suspension with multi-link and coil springs.
 

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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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Thank you D Mitra. Now after a second look it was probably the shorter front overhang that threw me off. But the because of the shorter overhang the body overall length looks shorter as well, but the specs show that too is an illusion. Of course the change from front leaf to coil springs is a key factor. Unlike unibody models, the ladder frame design makes it quite easy to change the body without altering specs.
 

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To my surprise, BAW has yet to face much serious competition from its old foreign partner, now relocated to down south.
However the interior of this model looks rather primitive....lots of bone-breaking corners and edges nearby, for those being jostled by off road, and other, encounters.
But to its credit, BAW has now gotten those pedals to line up.
 

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Remember the BJ212 model that David Shelburg planned to have imported to the U.S. in 1995? He called it "the Gangstar", for reasons I'll never know.

As we know, there have been many attempts to export from China to the U.S. but this may have been the first.

Those 1995 steel wheels don't look any different than the 2019 wheels of the above post....
 

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Lawrence, in my history document "Cars and 4x4s from Beijing and Tianjin" I wrote a chapter about the early export of the BJ212 all over the world. For the US I mentioned the China Trade Associates (Portland, Oregon), they named the vehicles Beijing Tiger (in 1983); BAM North America in 1996, FMW of America (Indio, California) under the Copia brand (some Beijing and some Jiangxi Fuqi) in 1998. I have pictures of BAM and FMW.
I am very interested in this Gangstar thing of David Shelburg. Do you have more info, photos, docu?
Many greetings, Erik.
 
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