The 1993 Beijing BJ 2021 Cherokee was a Jeep produced by Beijing Benz-DaimlerChrysler Automotive Co Ltd for the Chinese market. It was the equivalent of the four-wheel-drive Jeep Cherokee (XJ) sold under the American Motor Corporation (AMC) brand in the North American market. Our Cargister editors took at a look at the history, features, and performance of this classic Jeep.
History of the 1993 Beijing BJ 2021 Cherokee
The first Beijing BJ 2021 Cherokee was produced in 1985. Production continued until 2005 with virtually no major changes to the design of the vehicle.
The production of the Beijing BJ 2021 Cherokee came from a joint venture between American Motors Corporation (AMC) and Beijing Jeep Corporation. Discussions for a joint venture started in 1979. AMC wanted to access cheap labor in China while Beijing Jeep Corporation wanted access to modern American technology.
AMC owned the Jeep brand and began producing the Jeep Cherokee XJ in the United States in 1983. The Cherokee XJ was the first new Jeep design since the SJ Wagoneer in 1963.
The Cherokee is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) and remained in production globally until 2014. It was available in a variety of configurations, including three-door and five-door models with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Yet, the four-door model was used when production started in China.
In 1985, Beijing Jeep Corporation started manufacturing the BJ 7250 and the BJ 2021. The BJ 7250 had a rear-wheel-drive transmission while the BJ 2021 had four wheel drive. Both models had a raised roof compared to the American version, as they were often used for chauffeuring.
The BJ 2021 remained relatively unchanged throughout its production run, even after Chrysler acquired AMC. Beijing Jeep Corporation was eventually renamed Beijing Benz after Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler AG.
The 1993 model introduced a four-liter six-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual gearbox. Previous models included a 2.5-liter engine with a four-speed transmission, which was also available in the 1993 model. A version of the vehicle labeled BJ 2022 was also produced that featured an upgraded chassis with a more powerful engine and more reliable transmission.
1993 Beijing BJ 2021 Cherokee Technical Specs
The 1993 Beijing BJ 2021 Cherokee featured four-wheel drive and was available with two different engine and transmission configurations. The 1993 BJ 2021 was available with a five-speed transmission and a four-liter six-cylinder engine or a four-speed transmission with a four-cylinder engine.
The overall weight of the vehicle was 1480 kilograms (3262.8 pounds). Other dimensions include:
- Length: 4290mm (168.9 inches)
- Width: 1800m (70.9 inches)
- Height: 1620mm (63.8 inches)
- Wheelbase: 2580mm (101.6 inches)
The five-door Jeep included standard captain’s chairs for the drive and front passenger. The rear included a bench seat with space for three passengers.
The four-cylinder version of the BJ 2021 produced 100 horsepower, 180 Nm torque, and 2800 RPM. It was lighter and produced more power compared to subsequent models, allowing it to accelerate faster and achieve higher top speeds.
The 1993 Beijing BJ 2021 Cherokee was produced by the Beijing Jeep Corporation through a partnership with American Motors Corporation (AMC). The American counterpart is the 1993 Jeep Cherokee XJ. Production on the BJ 2021 ended in 2005.