Baojun isn’t known for its luxurious looks, or high amenities. In fact, it wasn’t developed for that. That’s what Buick and Cadillac are for. Baojun is sub-brand between SAIC-GM-Wuling. It’s intention is to take on the two big domestic Chinese players in the market: Geely and Chery.
The 2016 Baojun 560 is aimed at those who want a functional vehicle for their personal and professional lives. That was to be reflected in the exterior design of the SUV. A U-shaped grille sits alongside V-shaped air intakes. A handsome beltline gives the little SUV a surprisingly premium presence.
Inside, many of the amenities consumers expect are available and ready to please. The SUV also comes with push button start, a multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, folding outside mirrors, a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, electronic constant temperature control, and independent air outlets and reading lamps in the rear seats. GPS and bluetooth are also paired with the eight-inch touchscreen unit, where drivers may also display info from the smartphones.
The interior itself looks surprisingly well trimmed with chrome-accents and what the brand calls a “double-barrel” intelligent dashboard to create a strong visual impact.
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine provides power to the 2016 Baojun 560, and makes 135 hp, something Baojun is quick to point out is equivalent many other local automaker’s 2.0-liter engines. Fun fact: Baojun translates locally to “treasured horse.” So, does that make those 135 units “135 treasured-horsepower?”
Back to business. Baojun says the lightweight aluminum heads help enhance fuel economy while providing the extra grunt in the smaller output. Now, are you ready for this? This little SUV isn’t built on any existing GM platform. What is it based on then? A Lotus.
Baojun claims the 2016 560 was built around its Lotus bones to emphasize comfort and handling precision. It also comes with a manual transmission.
This could be quite the fun little car if its specs match to the paper.