BAW’s 007 SUV to launch in third quarter
Published July 30, 2010
BAW’s 007 SUV
You have to hand it to BAIC, they were among the first Chinese automotive companies to figure out that by working with a foreign company they could make better cars in China and sell a lot of them at the same time. Initially BAIC signed up with AMC to produce the Jeep Cherokee in China but this single model soon expanded into a full line of Chrysler vehicles, and even the Neon at one point (but the government decided this was a breakaway from their SUV mandate and denied a production license). Sadly the JV with Chrylser ended and became a simple sales deal to sell Chrysler vehicles in China. However, BAW learned a lot from the partnership, and one of the points learned was how to make a jeep that looks better than all modern Jeeps.
The 007 was on show at this years Beijing Auto Show and measures in at (LxWxH) 4595 x 1828 x 1804mm, making it a compact SUV but with a 200mm clearence from the floor. The entry angly is 32Â° and the exit angle is 29Â°, which will make it pretty decent both on and offroad. The 2.4L 4 cylinder engine is not exactly a powerful power plant, with it only being able to push the 007 up a 60% angle.
Engines for the 007 will come in 4 cylinder form only and then only 2.4 and a 2.0L paired to a 5 speed manual gearb0x