In recent months, SAIC-GM-Wuling introduced the all-new Baojun RC-5 liftback and RC-5W wagon in China. Now, General Motors’ joint venture simultaneously launched both variants of the new model in the Chinese market, with which Baojun is re-entering the compact vehicle segment – just where it began its market introduction in 2011 with the discontinued 630 sedan.
The new Baojun RC-5 and RC-5W reach one of China’s highest volume segments with an aggressive value proposition, combining Baojun’s new connected and technological DNA with a highly competitive price range. In fact, despite being a much more modern next-generation vehicle than the defunct Baojun 630 sedan, the RC-5 liftback has exactly the same starting price as its predecessor.
Aesthetically, the all-new Baojun RC-5 range features the brand’s “Interstellar Geometry” design language that gives it a very distinctive and futuristic look. In addition, the two vehicles offer a striking combination of design and functionality, with a very modern front-end appearance and practicality-focused body configurations to appeal to a generation of car buyers.
The interior of the new Baojun RC-5 and RC-5W stands out for its modern and distinctive design, as well as its high level of technology, with functions normally found in premium models. These include Baojun’s next-generation infotainment system with fast and accurate voice control, wireless charging of mobile devices, and a smart air purification system. In addition, the cabin of both models is highly versatile and very spacious.
Both the Baojun RC-5 and the RC-5W have two powertrain options. The entry-level versions are equipped with a naturally aspirated 1.5L engine that produces 98 horsepower, while the uplevel trims include a turbocharged 1.5L engine with 145 horsepower. Both units can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic.
The all-new Baojun RC-5 liftback and RC-5W wagon are already available in the brand’s Chinese dealer network – the only one where Baojun is sold so far. They are equipped with 17 advanced driver assistance features to enhance safety, including the combination of a high-resolution front camera and radar sensors that improves the driver’s vision in both normal and difficult road conditions.
The standard RC-5 model is available in seven different versions, while the RC-5W can be chosen in a total of six variants, configured to meet a broad spectrum of needs within China’s compact vehicle segment. The price ranges of both models are as follows:
- RC-5: 59,800 – 109,800 CNY (between $8,600 and $15,800 USD at the current exchange rate)
- RC-5W: 72,800 – 112,800 CNY (between $10,480 and $16,240 USD)