Wuling Baojun 610 debuts on the Beijing Auto Show
Published on April 22, 2014 by Joey Wang
The new Wuling Baojun 610 debuted on the Beijing Auto Show, looking very hot in red on plastic grass. The Baojun 610 is the hatchback variant of the Baojun 630 sedan. The Wuling Baojun 610 will be launched on the China car market before the end of this month, price will start around 55.000 yuan and end around 85.000 yuan.
Engines are the same as in the sedan: a 112hp 1.5 and a 143hp 1.8, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Size: 4401/1736/1463, wheelbase is 2640. The Baojun 610 will be marketed more as a sporty-hip-car, see that grass again, whereas the 630 is focused on more traditional buyers.
Interior the same as in the sedan. The Wuling 630 and 610 are based on the platform of the of the first generation Buick Excelle that is still selling strong in China.
Baojun is an entry level brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, in which GM has a 43% stake. The other partners are SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive. SAIC and GM are tied up in the giant Shanghai-GM joint venture that makes Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars for the Chinese market.