Six months after being fully leaked in late 2019, the all-new Baojun RS-7 has just officially debuted in China – the only country where the General Motors’ youngest brand is marketed. This new midsize crossover becomes the largest vehicle ever made by Baojun and the third model to use the RS nomenclature, ranking above the RS-5 and RS-3 in its utility vehicle portfolio.
Although its debut was initially scheduled for the middle of the first quarter, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the unveiling of the new 2021 Baojun RS-7 to be postponed until the 2020 Chongqing Auto Show, which is open to the public from June 13th to the 21st. As such, the RS-7 is the third of six all-new models launched by Baojun in 2020, after the E300 EV minicar and the new RC-5 liftback.
As the leaked images had revealed, the Baojun RS-7’s styling adopts a less radical interpretation of the brand’s “interstellar geometry” design language. Its exterior clearly differs from the other two new Baojun SUVs, with more traditional body lines and without the usual split-headlight configuration on the front. This trend is also seen in the new RC-6, Baojun’s largest car.
The body of the 2021 RS-7 has a total length of 194.1 inches, a width of 77.8 inches and a height of 69.5 inches, mounted on a long 114.2-inch wheelbase. Thanks to those generous dimensions, Baojun’s new range-topping crossover has a three-row interior configuration with six or seven seats that, depending on the trim level, will allow it to offer the most comfortable and spacious cabin in its category.
In terms of design, the first two photographs of the interior show that the Baojun RS-7 has the most modern and refined interior of all the vehicles that the brand has presented so far. Highlights include a large central module that houses two large screens, which are well integrated and seem to exceed the 12.3-inch size of those found in the RC-6. In addition, greater attention to detail is noticeable in the materials and overall cabin finish.
The all-new 2021 Baojun RS-7 is expected to go on sale during the third quarter of the year in the Chinese market, with at least three trim levels and a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 174 horsepower as its only option. Although the brand has not disclosed all the details, we know that the engine meets the latest Chinese emissions standards and can be combined with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable automatic transmission.