After fully revealing the all-new Baojun Valli at the end of last March, SAIC-GM-Wuling has just officially launched the model in China. The joint venture is actually relaunching Baojun’s compact station wagon under a new name and with a new marketing strategy, aiming to better meets the needs of families and business-oriented users in the Asian country.
The all-new Baojun Valli wagon is the exact same vehicle that debuted in July 2020 as the Baojun RC-5W, but under a different name after the RC-5W was abruptly discontinued due to marketing issues. As such, the Valli becomes Baojun’s first next-generation model to not use an alphanumeric badge, deviating from the strategy established by the brand in 2019 for its new model range.
In addition to the more eye-catching name, improving its visibility in the market, SGMW highlights ample space and comfort as the main arguments of the new Baojun Valli, which reopens the compact station wagon segment in China. The Valli not only offers the largest passenger and cargo space in the category, but it also comes with a roof rack that provides additional capacity for family trips and excursions.
Styling-wise, the Baojun Valli maintains the brand’s modern “interstellar geometry” design language that combines a futuristic look with practical functionality. Keeping the same body format and overall appearance as the short-lived RC-5W, the Valli comes standard with more customization options, including design enhancements and a contrasting roof rack to further promote its active lifestyle family spirit.
Unlike its predecessor that was equipped with a basic naturally aspirated engine, the new Baojun Valli’s powertrain consists of SGMW’s turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, producing 145 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, along with a six-speed manual transmission in base trim and a continuously variable automatic transmission with eight pre-programmed gear ratios in uplevel variants.
The all-new Baojun Valli is now available throughout the brand’s dealer network in China, with four trim levels called Mogan Valley, Yili Ranch, Dali Sky and Nagqu Fanxing. Its standard equipment list includes Baojun’s latest infotainment system as well as the most advanced active safety package in its class. Here are the suggested prices for the Valli in the Chinese market:
- Baojun Valli Mogan Valley: 79,800 CNY (about $12,480 USD at the current exchange rate)
- Baojun Valli Yili Ranch: 92,800 CNY ($14,500 USD)
- Baojun Valli Dali Sky: 99,800 CNY ($15,610 USD)
- Baojun Valli Nagqu Fanxing: 105,800 CNY ($16,550 USD)