Beijing Auto introduced at this year's Beijing Motor Show the near-production BJ80 concept.

Beijing Auto introduced at this year's Beijing Motor Show the near-production BJ80 concept.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but most likely Mercedes-Benz isn't too happy to see its iconic G-Class being transformed into this awkward Chinese replica. It's not even a full knockoff because the BJ80 mixes up G-Wagen styling cues with Land Rover Discovery-derived headlights and a Hummer-like grille.

The vehicle is actually derived from the military-spec 80 VJ which later evolved into a B80V civilian variant. The BJ80 is a beefed up civilian version with a more aggressive body and 21-inch alloy wheels while under the hood it packs a V8 4.0-liter of unknown specifications.

It should be noted this isn't actually a replica per se since BAIC Motor has reached an agreement in late 2012 with Daimler which allows them to use Mercedes-Benz’s architectures but they could have done a better job in the design department for this BJ80.

Additional pics of the showcar can be accessed at the source link below.

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