The oldest Chinese car will retire after 57 years on the assembly line. The BAW Beijing BJ212 SUV has been produced since 1965 with minimal changes and will be discontinued in 2022. This is reported by the Autohome website.
BAW Beijing BJ212 is a Chinese version of the UAZ-469, because its design was copied from a Soviet SUV. They borrowed the frame, suspension parts and a 2.5-liter engine, but the body was completely new in China.
The Chinese SUV is actively used in the army and the national economy even now. The Beijing BJ212 has received many versions and has been seriously upgraded several times. Recently, the car even received a modern 1.5-liter petrol turbo engine.
At the moment, BAW Beijing BJ212 is the oldest Chinese model of all produced and one of the oldest in the world. However, its design has long been outdated and a successor is being prepared for the car.
The new BAW SUV has already been shown in the first teasers. It will retain its angular design, frame structure and four-wheel drive with a reduction gear. The choice will offer gasoline turbo engines of 2.0 liters (204 HP) and 2.3 liters (250 HP), as well as a 2.0-liter 150-horsepower turbodiesel. Versions with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission are planned.