Chinese copy of the Mercedes-Benz GL turned out to be more expensive than a new GLS

In China, arrived in the free sale BAIC BJ90 – licensed copy of the Mercedes-Benz GL second generation. Technically BJ90 identical Mercedes, so the price reaches 1 288 000 yuan, while the new Mercedes-Benz GLS X167 in China can be purchased for 1 038 000 yuan.

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The Chinese “clone” of the original larger Mercedes-Benz GL: BAIC BJ90 51 mm longer, 61 mm wider and 10 millimeters higher German SUV. The wheelbase reaches 3100 mm is only 35 millimeters less than the new GLS.

Despite the difference in size, chassis, engines and transmission familiar from the flagship Mercedes-Benz outgoing generation: Chinese SUV can be ordered with a petrol turbo engine 3.0 and 4.0 with a capacity of 422 and 333 horsepower, respectively. Both power agregate available in combination with 7-band “automatic” and all-wheel drive 4Matic.

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Exterior BAIC BJ90 unique donor can be found only in the form of doorways, the General proportions and the wheel discs. According to Asian tradition, the body is generously adorned with chrome accents and grille is in the style of models of Jeep.

In the cabin the similarities with the Mercedes-Benz GL more: Chinese SUV “inherited” the German wheel, door cards, the overall architecture of the front panel and Central tunnel, instrument panel and control unit climate control unit. But a new multimedia complex: outdated add-on audio system Mercedes-Benz replaced by a large touchscreen with navigation.

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Holding BAIC is one of the largest partners Daimler: corporations are cooperating since 2003 and own shares in each other. Transfer out-of-date technical platforms to Chinese owners is not the first time: in 2016, the German company has allowed BAIC to use the “truck” of the old E-class.

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