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Baic B40 Plus Launches in SA: Price & Details Revealed

Baic SA launches its latest SUV into the South African market.

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Baic South Africa has officially announced the launch of their iconic SUV, the B40 Plus, in SA, bringing an interesting addition to the segment for local drivers.

Mr Hu, Vice President of Marketing Operations for BAIC South Africa said “BAIC SA is proud to add the B40 PLUS to the model line-up. We believe this vehicle will be well received by the market and will find quite a following amongst consumers that want to stand out in a crowd.”

The OEM, headquartered in Linbro Park, Johannesburg also boasts a local assembly plant in Coega, Eastern Cape which is set to create much-needed employment opportunities for the Port Elizabeth community. In addition, the facility, with a footprint of 10,000 hectares aims to produce 40,000-50,000 vehicles for local sale and export by the end of 2022.

Heritage

The B40 Plus, which has its roots in the military, has over 60 years of heritage to draw on. It has been tested in almost every condition, altitude, terrain, and application over this time leading to the claim that “it was born in the battlefield and perfected in the real world.”

Design & Interior

The design of the B40 Plus is bold and imposing. The styling features aggressive bumpers and wheel arches, and it’s safe to say that the vehicle commands presence whether it’s on city streets or showcasing its prowess off-road.

The front of the B40 Plus is striking, with the iconic 5-slot grille design that is inspired by the Great Wall of China. The chrome and black accents on the exterior contrast the vehicle’s body colour, adding visual interest. This is also echoed in the interior of the B40 Plus.

The bold design features imposing headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) as well as front and rear fog lamps. The vertical windshield design, large exterior mirrors and high seating position make for great all-round visibility.

The red tow hooks are a confident design characteristic on the B40 Plus, while making it easy to pull, tow or rescue travel companions in other vehicles.

NVH dampening is provided by the Liquid Application Sound Deadening (LASD) technology which increases the application area of the sound-dampening material in a vehicle by 50%, is environmentally friendly and allows for weight reduction in the vehicle while resulting in increased noise reduction.

The considered cabin is modern, sleek and contains all the appointments you would need in an SUV from Dual Zone Air Conditioner, 6-speaker audio system, colour-coded interior trim, chrome accents and to top it all off, reclining rear seats.

There are also features like the reverse camera, Park Distance Control (PDC), and customizable Multi-Information Display (MID), to keep the driver in complete control of his landscape.

Off-road capability

The off-road ability did not just inspire the design, the B40 Plus was designed with practicality, and functionality, at the forefront of consideration.

The front suspension is a double-wishbone/coil spring independent suspension while the rear suspension is a 5-link/coil spring non-independent suspension. The overhangs are minimal and combined with a ground clearance of 210mm, it results in a generous approach angle of 37 degrees, departure angle of 31 degrees and rampover angle of 23 degrees.

The selectable 4WD system with a mechanical central transfer case and rear differential lock allows driver control over how the engine is powered, dependent on the terrain, conditions and requirements.

Safety and Security

The B40 Plus comes standard with a host of active and passive safety features to ensure your adventure is on your terms. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) are standard across all models, while some models also feature Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Ascent Control (HAC) and Hill Descent Control (HAC).

The B40 Plus also has a built-in cage anti-roll body structure and anti-roll bar framework composed of a high strength steel plate and pipe beam, doubling protection and ability to maintain integrity in a 50-metre hillside roll, ensuring the safety of driver and passengers alike.

Engines

The B40 Plus is available in 2.0 litre Petrol Turbo or 2.0 litre Turbo Diesel. The petrol engine kicks out 160kW @ 5500 r/min while the diesel pushes out 110kW @ 4000 r/min and 350Nm of torque at 1800-2800 r/min.

Model line-up

  • B40 PLUS Diesel
  • B40 PLUS Petrol
  • B40 PLUS City Hunter Diesel
  • B40 PLUS City Hunter Petrol
  • B40 PLUS Champion Petrol

Colour Range

  • Ice White
  • Onyx Black
  • Desert Red
  • Military Green
  • Forest Green
  • Sky Blue
  • Ocean Blue

Pricing

The B40 Plus is priced from R549,500 and goes up to R629,500 for the top-of-the-range offering. All B40 Plus models are sold with a 5-year/120,000km warranty.

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