The small, Chinese-market Baojun 510 crossover, produced and sold by GM’s three-way joint venture with SAIC Motor and Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co. (SAIC-GM-Wuling), gained a new automated-manual transmission option last week. The tiny, unibody utility vehicle, which borrows its platform from the Chevrolet Sail subcompact, was previously available solely with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Two new Baojun 510 iAMT models launched on September 8th, with a rotary gear-selector knob on the center console in place of the old manual shift lever. Steering wheel paddle shifters offer drivers an easy way to upshift/downshift on-demand. SAIC-GM-Wuling has also seen to fitting the Baojun 510 iAMT with LED daytime running lights, and offering a semi-open panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control with A/C, keyless entry, push-button start, 8-inch color touchscreen with an integrated rearview camera, and heated and folding wing mirrors.
The price for all this? The two new Baojun 510 iAMT models will start at RMB 68,800 and RMB 75,800, respectively. In US dollars, that’s about $10,500 and $11,600 – substantially less than even a bare bones Ford Fiesta, which starts at $13,035 before destination.
The Baojun 510 was already the brand’s second-most-popular model before the launch of the iAMT, with 153,771 deliveries already this year through August. With the new automated-manual transmission and available creature comforts, the subcompact crossover stands to sell even faster.