General Motors‘ Chinese subsidiary, SAIC-GM, has launched its new Baojun RS-3 compact crossover in the country, which it says embodies the brand’s “new young, technological, intelligent and connected DNA.”
We first saw the Baojun RS-3 back in August when some slightly grainy images of it leaked online. The crossover is the newest member of the automaker’s growing ‘RS’ family of vehicles, joining the larger RS-5 crossover, which launched late last year.
With a large grille, narrow LED headlights, a horizontal taillight bar, and optional contrasting roof, the Baojun RS-3 has a modern look designed to attract youthful buyers to the Baojun brand.
The crossover measures in at 169.4 inches in length, 68.8 inches in width and 62.8 inches in height, while the wheelbase comes in at 100.4 inches. GM-SAIC did not say what platform it utilizes, but the wheelbase measurement leads us to believe that the crossover uses the GM Gamma II platform, since the first-generation Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore feature an identical wheelbase length.
The Baojun RS-3 places a focus on technology, which should also ensure today’s youth are enticed—or so SAIC-GM is hoping. It comes equipped with Baojun’s new connectivity system, enabling mobile connectivity via a smartphone app allowing the user to remotely lock and unlock the vehicle, turn on the air conditioning and adjust other settings. A voice recognition system also allows the user to have voice messages transferred to text for WeChat messages. Baojun says the widescreen infotainment system can receive over-the-air updates as well.
In addition, the RS-3 is available with the latest Bosch driver assistance tech, enabling level-2 semi-autonomous driving functionality. With this system, the crossover can “cover most daily driving scenarios,” SAIC-GM says, keeping the vehicle in the lane as it drives down the road and stopping for traffic and accelerating back up to highway speeds, among more. The semi-autonomous cruise control system works at speeds of up to 130 km/h.
From launch, the Baojun RS-3 will be offered exclusively with a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, which will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT automatic.
Four model variants of the Baojun RS-3 will be available from Baojun’s 600 newly-updated showrooms across China. Prices start at 71,800 RMB ($10,175 USD), with the most expensive model priced from 89,800 RMB ($12,726 USD).