Last month, we revealed leaked images of the all-new Baojun RC-5, the next model that’s part of the ambitious transformation and expansion strategy of General Motors’ Chinese-market brand. Now, the company has just revealed the first official images of its upcoming compact car that will fill an empty space in the Baojun range.
As such, the Baojun RC-5 becomes the sixth vehicle presented since the full makeover of the brand that started early last year, and is the second member of the family to carry the RC nomenclature, after the new midsize RC-6. In fact, the new RC-5 not only shares the naming scheme with its older brother, but also boasts a five-door liftback body style.
As seen in the leaked images, the RC-5 uses Baojun’s latest “Interstellar Geometry” design language, with sophisticated lines giving it a modern and distinctive look. Its front design is virtually identical to that of the RM-5 compact MPV, with the same configuration of large LED daytime running lights embedded in a chrome horizontal trim, a generous front grille, and headlamps integrated into the bumper.
While the car’s flanks have harmonious shapes and proportions, characterized by the sloping roofline typical of vehicles with a liftback body style. The rear has a bulky look, featuring a raised trunklid and a horizontal stripe with the “BAOJUN” badge in the center connecting the taillights.
Although it has not yet been officially announced, we know that the upcoming Baojun RC-5 will offer two four-cylinder engine choices, both displacing 1.5 liters. The first is a naturally aspirated unit with an output of 98 horsepower, while the second is a turbocharged mill generating 145 horsepower. Both engines can be coupled to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The launch of the all-new Baojun RC-5 is expected to take place in the coming weeks, and go on sale during the summer in China – the only country in which the brand is marketed.