Jeep Wrangler Knock-Offs Being Sold in Mexico
To add insult to injury, the Chinese lookalikes are undercutting the base Wrangler by $2,000 USD.
These imitation Jeeps were first discovered by a Carscoops reader named Daniel who came across the vehicles at a Mexican dealership in San Pedro Garza Garcia. Thinking they might be the forthcoming Wrangler, Daniel decided to Google the SUV. He learned that it was actually a vehicle called the BAIC BJ40.
“I’ve never heard of it before, and it just amazes me how FCA lets them get away with them copying their Jeeps,” says Daniel. “Anyway, this was in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, so Chinese cars are really just miles away from reaching the U.S. and Canada.”
Well, actually, Chinese companies are known for ripping off ideas, while also developing a pretty nifty way to work through the legality of patent systems. They’d never get away with this in a place with the kind of strict regulations companies have to adhere to in the U.S.
The BAIC BJ40 is priced at 531,900 Mexican pesos, or $33,000 U.S. That undercuts the price of a base Wrangler in Mexico by roughly $2,000 (U.S.), which we imagine has the folks at FCA fuming.