Brilliance BS4

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Brilliance BS4
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Overview
Manufacturer Brilliance Auto
Also called Brilliance M2
Brilliance Splendor[1]
Huachen Junjie
Zhonghua Junjie
Pyeonghwa Hwiparam II
Pyeonghwa Junma
Production 2007–2014
Assembly Shenyang, Liaoning, China
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)[2]
Designer Pininfarina[3]
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size car
Body style Sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 1.8 L I4
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,790 mm (109.8 in)
Length 4,650 mm (183.1 in)
Width 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Curb weight 1,415 kg (3,120 lb)

The Brilliance BS4 was a four-door notchback sedan produced by Brilliance Auto in the People's Republic of China, where it is known as the Zhonghua Junjie. The car was scheduled for launch in Germany, Europe’s largest national car market, in 2007.

Following poor crash test results of the BS6 model and ensuing press comments, a Western launch was postponed at the last minute, and German sales were expected to start in the autumn of 2008, when the vehicle’s structure was expected to have been modified in order to achieve improved European crash test ratings. After modification, it achieved 0 stars.[4]

The vehicle was developed in cooperation with Porsche, and used borrowed technology from BMW.[5] A Station Wagon variant designed by Lowie Veermesch, was made available in 2008. Due to declining sales, the M2 and all versions was discontinued in all regions in 2014, with no current successor.

Body[edit]

Seating[edit]

The M2 can seat a total of five people. The three back passenger seats has average mid-size car leg room.

Trims[edit]

The M2 had a total of seven trims; 1.6MT, 1.6MT Deluxe, 1.8 MT, 1.8 MT Deluxe, 1.8 AT, 1.8 MT Deluxe, and 1.18 AT Premium.

The most basic trim (1.16MT) lacked Side Airbags, Tire pressure gage, Anti-Engine Theft, and a Parking Radar.

Optional Upgrades[edit]

Bluetooth and GPS was the only available option, and it was only available on the 1.8T AT Premium trim.

Engine[edit]

Initially the car was offered with an old Mitsubishi designed 1.8 L four cylinder engine claiming 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) of output. A turbocharged 1.8 L unit developed by Brilliance themselves, with outputs of 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) or 170 PS (130 kW; 170 hp), is already included on domestic market models. A diesel engine for installation in the European market version is still under development.

Transmission[edit]

The turbocharged version is available only with a four-speed automatic transmission, but for the European market base version a "sloppy" five-speed manual gear box is offered.[6]

Ride and handling[edit]

Ride quality is "reasonably comfortable" but steering is "vague".[6]

Equipment[edit]

The car has electronically adjustable leather seats, air conditioning and electronic parking assistance. Interior plastic is "harsh and cheap" and leather quality "cheap". However ESC, which has become mainstream for European cars of this class, is not offered.[6]

Commercial[edit]

A precise date for a European press launch of the BS4 was never announced.

The car is produced under licence by North Korean automaker Pyeonghwa as the Pyeonghwa Hwiparam II.

Sales[edit]

In the year it was launched in China, over 30,000 cars were sold. However, by 2013, only 2414 cars were sold.

Gallery[edit]

The back of the Brilliance Junjie 
Brilliance Junjie Facelift 
Brilliance BS4 in the 2006 China Circuit Championship 
Brilliance Junje Wagon (Front) 
Brilliance Junje Wagon (Back) 

References and further reading[edit]

  1. ^ "Splendor". Bavarian Auto Group. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Brilliance". Bavarian Auto Group. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Special 2009 Geneva Motor Show". Pininfarina. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  4. ^ "No stars for Brilliance". Autocar. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Information about the M2". Chinaautoweb. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  6. ^ a b c "Brilliance BS4 Splendor". Auto Express. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 

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