These days, it seems like folks want it all from their vehicle. They want something flashy, but practical, with loads of efficiency, but good performance as well. The vehicle should be roomy and comfortable, but easy to drive, with a modern, timeless design that doesn’t blend in. Seems like a pretty tall order, but the new Baojun RC-6 may have all of that nailed down thanks to a new kind of design.
We examined the Baojun RC-6 earlier this week, checking out the upcoming vehicle’s various styling and design elements, and we think it’s possible that what we’re looking at is nothing less than the car of the future. Granted, anyone reading that previous statement should probably take it with a grain of salt. Let us explain.
First off, the Baojun RC-6 offers a stance that screams “crossover.” The whole thing sits above the pavement with the sort of ground clearance you’d expect from a modern CUV, giving the driver the high-riding position that’s responsible for much of the popularity of the modern crossover. Furthermore, the rear end juts out from the rear axle with considerable length, which pairs with the rear hatchback, resulting in solid practicality and utility.
However, this isn’t some chunky off-roader or box on wheels: the Baojun RC-6 offers surprisingly sleek styling, with clean lines and sporty proportions. That front end stands out for its sedan-like qualities, while the large exterior dimensions, elongated tail section and velvety roofline remind us of the Cadillac Escala concept. High praise, indeed.
Finally, the coupe-like profile does double duty, adding to the vehicle’s efficiency in terms of aerodynamics, at least compared to other high-riding SUVs and crossovers, while delivering a sexy and sleek profile reminiscent of a coupe.
It’s an interesting design, that much is for sure. Created under the three-way joint venture between GM, SAIC, and Wuling, the Baojun RC-6 will spearhead a product offensive for the Baojun brand. Under the skin is an all-new vehicle architecture that matches that of the upcoming Baojun RS-5.
The Baojun RC-6 also pulls its oily bits from the RS-5, including the turbocharged 1.5L inline four-cylinder engine. Output is rated at 150 horsepower, all of which is sent to the ground through either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
All told, the Baojun RC-6 is a strange hodge-podge that just works, at least in terms of visuals. Whether or not the buying public will agree remains to be seen. But if it works, we can see this kind of design – with a slightly raised ground clearance, a coupe-like roofline, a liftback form-factor, and a sedan-like appearance becoming quite popular.