• Nov 20, 2006
The Beijing Benz-Daimler Corporation has begun production of its "BJ2022 Brave Warrior" SUV for use by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Shown here at the 2006 Beijing Auto Show, the 1/2- and 3/4-ton vehicle is powered by a 3.5-liter turbo diesel producing 136 horsepower. The four-wheel-drive offroader has a maximum payload of 1,653 lbs., can ford 23.6 inches of water and has an available 110-inch wheelbase. Compare that to the Hummer H1's 184-inch wheelbase or even the Jeep Grand Cherokee's wheelbase of 186.7 inches.

The BJ2022 has been in development since 2002 and it replaces the Russian GAZ-based BJ2020.

More photos and background info after the jump.

[Source: Autoblog China]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      " If 150 HP isn't enough for combat situations, then 136 HP is worse. Recall that this Chinese SUV is "for use by the Chinese People's Liberation Army", not soccer moms, so lots of luck to the Chinese soldiers who find themselves in this SUV facing hostile fire."

      Lots of luck to them if they were fighting as the US Army. You failed to consider the PLA's doctrine and possible theaters of operation. For their needs, they don't need 190 HP or 150 HP. Remember, they follow the soviet doctrine of quantity over quality. And the PLA's primary role is state security and defense. They do not have the same needs the US Army has. Only forseeable offensive action they could take is the island of Taiwan. Definitely don't need much HP to get around an island the size of Rhode Island. Even so, their navy needs the transport capabilities to get them there in the first place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It may be underpowered.. but didn't Hitler start with horses? China is definately on the rise. Not that China has anything to do with Fascism. Hmmm.(?) The more China becomes a part of the whole (world) it will change. A billion people is a lot of folks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      the Chinese airforce uses S-70's (blackhawks). it's okay, that way they won't build their own and compete internationally.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a possible good start. I remember the first Toyota Landcruisers. They were built like "tanks"; rugged with a cloned chevy inline ohv 6.

      I think the Ewell Gibbons of the will love this vehicle in the same way they loved the old IHC Scout, Nissan Patrols, and Toyota Land Cruisers........It's trully a Grizzly Adam's, backwoods, Forestmobile. lol
      • 8 Years Ago
      Were the Hummer and Grand specs. that Chris read also in Chinese?
      • 8 Years Ago
      My chinese is a little rusty but I think 3.2L on the back means it has a 3.2 liter engine not 3.5
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7 (Geoff): Based on combat experience, the US Army decided that 150 HP wasn't going to cut it, and switched to a 190 HP engine for the M1114 ECV HMMWV (the up-armored Humvee). If 150 HP isn't enough for combat situations, then 136 HP is worse. Recall that this Chinese SUV is "for use by the Chinese People's Liberation Army", not soccer moms, so lots of luck to the Chinese soldiers who find themselves in this SUV facing hostile fire.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 (Felonious Monk): "Lots of luck to them if they were fighting as the US Army... For their needs, they don't need 190 HP or 150 HP... And the PLA's primary role is state security and defense... Only forseeable offensive action they could take is the island of Taiwan."

      If China is the peaceful nation you make it out to be, interested only in its national security and in Taiwan, then what reason was there for "Chinese submarines to follow U.S. ships [the USS Kitty Hawk and its battle group]... far from Chinese shores", according to the Washington Times? And did you forget a Chinese fighter rammed into a US spyplane in international airspace, causing the US plane to do an emergency landing on Chinese soil, where the US crew was subsequently detained for 11 days? Yeah, real peaceful nation.

      But hey, there is a silver lining. According to Admiral Prueher, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (the military force responsible for fighting any wars in Asia), "In my estimation, China is about a decade and a half away with its training and equipment before they can put it all together."

      Seeing the BJ2022 Brave Warrior SUV, I would tend to agree.

      http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20061113-094605-1081r.htm
      http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/04/12/air.collision.04/
      http://www.fas.org/irp/imint/kh12_2.htm
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's right, felonious monk. And the PLA often owns the companies that transport Chinese goods to our shores, the profits going back to further development of their military.

      • 8 Years Ago
      #10- they should do no such thing. The last company to try that finally went under (Landrunner)
      I'm sure the power is fine for this application. Its a 1/2 to 3/4 ton vehicle- not a tactical vehicle either. Just made to haul 3 or 4 short guys in green uniforms around the un-improved countryside. Engine is probably the old I6 from mercedes, using a distributer pump on indirect injection. Cheap and durable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #21 (kip): "isn;t this site about cars? Let's keep it that way."

      Noble sentiment, but one not shared by the Autoblog staff. See examples below:
      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/20/video-rollerman-needs-no-car/
      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/19/race-in-a-briefcase/

      You know what they say about people living in glass houses.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This can't be for the Chinese Army. Where are the whitewall tires?
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