The 2019 calendar year has been particularly busy for Chinese-market brand Baojun. After introducing its new logo and debuting four completely new models, General Motors’ youngest brand plans to continue its ambitious product offensive with the new Baojun RS-7 crossover, whose images have just leaked in China.
The upcoming Baojun RS-7 will be the brand’s largest vehicle ever manufactured, with an overall length of 194.1 inches in addition to a 77.8-inch width and a 69.5-inch height. It also rides on a long, 114.2-inch wheelbase, allowing for a seating capacity of six or seven passengers. These dimensions place the RS-7 in the large crossover segment, positioned above the RS-5 and the RS-3 in the company’s model portfolio.
On the styling front, the Baojun RS-7 boasts proportions similar to those of a multipurpose van and presents a less radical version of the brand’s “interstellar geometry” design language, as seen on the new RC-6. The front end is highlighted by a large grille incorporating a vertical pattern, thin headlight clusters and a bumper that integrates a set of fog lamps. Unlike the other Baojun utility vehicles, the RS-7 didn’t receive a split headlight design.
The upcoming crossover also displays a prominent waistline that connects the headlights to the taillights, in addition to a blacked-out rear three-quarter window treatment that conceals the C-pillars. Meanwhile, the rear end of the RS-7 boasts a clean appearance with individual taillights and a trimless liftgate. The outer appearance is completed with a set of bright bumper-integrated exhaust outlets.
Under the hood, the all-new Baojun RS-7 will be equipped exclusively with a turbocharged, 1.5-litre engine that develops 174 horsepower. This four-cylinder mill can be matched to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic, and meets China’s strict emissions standards.
The Baojun RS-7 represents the fifth vehicle of the brand’s transformation strategy, and the third member of the crossover family that bears the RS nomenclature. Its official launch date has yet to be announced, but should go on sale early next year.