A year and a half after being presented for the first time in China, the Baojun 530 SUV has just received some significant updates for the 2020 model year. In order to remain competitive and up-to-date with the rest of Baojun’s model lineup, the compact-sized utility vehicle receives an updated front-end design, a new seating configuration and a more advanced infotainment system.
Though its overall design remains, the 2020 Baojun 530 now boasts more imposing and sophisticated styling elements. Those include thinner LED daytime running lights, embedded in a horizontal frame extending over the top of the new grille, which enhances the impression of width. Meanwhile, the grille has been enlarged, with a new horizontal line pattern running through it, as is the case with the brand’s latest releases.
The 530’s profile includes new moldings that protect the lower part of the body and sharpen the vehicle’s look, while the rear end sports a new bumper with larger lighting elements. It’s worth noting that the 2020 530 SUV doesn’t adopt the new Baojun logo, but keeps the original emblem for now. The reason behind this is because this model is not part of the brand’s advanced model range that uses the new platform and nomenclature strategy, such as the RC-6 sedan, the RS-3 crossover and the RS-7 crossover.
The new 2020 Baojun 530 also includes new features in its cockpit as well, starting with a six-seat configuration that’s unique in its segment. The 2+2+2 layout consists or two leather-lined captain’s seats in the second row, with a 160-millimeter-wide aisle between the seats. The latter can slide fore and aft by 130 mm, allowing more space in the third row and providing greater flexibility.
With this new option, the Baojun 530 offers three interior seating configuration options with five (two rows), six and seven seats. It’s the only SUV in its segment with as many seating configurations, which reinforces its appeal by better adapting to customers’ tastes and desires.
The other significant update inside is the new, class-leading 10.4-inch vertically mounted screen, which has high-resolution graphics and Baojun’s latest multimedia interface with the latest connectivity options. In addition, the 2020 Baojun 530 gets a fully digital instrument panel in the upscale trims, increasing the sophistication level of the SUV and allowing to read the displayed information in a more convenient and intuitive way.
Mechanically, the 530 is equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops up to 145 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain meets the China 6 emissions standard, and consumers can combine it with a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic.
The 2020 Baojun 530 is now available in the Chinese market, starting at 77,800 Yuan (about $11,000 USD at the current exchange rate). Since its launch in March 2018, more than 170,000 units of the 530 were sold throughout China.