In China launched the sales of the compact crossover of the brand Baojun Junior models launched this year, the R-series. The SUV is offered with no alternative “aspirated”, although it was expected that he was the first in the range will get a new turbotweak.
The Baojun brand was created by the corporations of General Motors and SAIC in 2011 specifically for the “celestial” market. At first this brand produced a simple low-cost model, but then it was decided to get outside of the budget segment – machines “top-level” even made a new logo. The first “premium” in the range Baojun was the crossover RS-5, it entered the market in April of this year. In September he was joined by the compact MPV RM-5 and liftback RC-6 and now on sale Junior SUV RS-3.
Like all other models “premium” line, “er-es-the third” built on a modular platform R. the Length of the new cross is equal to 4300 mm, wheelbase – 2550 mm. According to the first indicator RS-3 coincided with the Hyundai ix25, the second generation (so in China called Creta), but the distance between the axes of the “Korean” is still more – 2610 mm (our current Cretu – 4270 and 2590 mm respectively). For comparison, the senior Baojun RS-5 length is 4570 mm, wheelbase – 2700 mm.
Baojun RS-3 received the now fashionable two-storey head optics: located on top of narrow led strips daytime running lights, beneath the blocks of the main headlights and turn signals. The rear lights also made a bunk, as the compact MPV to RM-5.
In the cabin – “truncated” steering wheel and “sport” seats, multimedia system screen dominates the front panel. Devices – digital, between them built another small display. By the way, the “media” comes from the popular Chinese instant messenger WeChat. In addition, the owner of the RS-3 can control some features from your smartphone (for example, to unlock/lock the doors, set the “climate”). Also provided SUV panoramic roof with sunroof, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and frontal collisions predotvrashhenija.
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On the market crossover out of the atmospheric “Quartet” 1.5, familiar from other models Baojun. Have RS-3 this engine combined with six-speed “mechanics” produces 99 HP and with a CVT – 105 HP And in the first case the maximum torque is 143 Nm, and the second of 135 Nm. Drive the SUV only the front. Interestingly, in earlier published by the Ministry of industry of PRC documents for the RS-3 was announced two of the motor: in addition to the “atmosfernika” 1.5 there still have the 1.2 turbocharged engine returns 131 HP – this engine none of the models yet. However, and “three” until he got. Apparently, the turbo crossover will appear later.
Price Baojun RS-3 ranges from 71 to 89 800 800 yuan ($10 200 – $12 700). Thus, the cross has become the most affordable offer “premium” R-series. Moreover, even Hyundai ix25/Creta the first generation in China is much more expensive – from 109 800 yuan ($15 500). Crossover, Hyundai the second generation, expected to cost less than its predecessor, but still the price tag of ix25 will remain higher than in the RS-3 (the”second” Hyundai SUV in China starts tonight).
Outside of China brand Baojun not represented, which, however, does not prevent to sell its model abroad. Thus, the crossover Baojun 530 in South America and Southeast Asia is positioned as the Chevrolet Captiva of new generation, and in India and Indonesia is MG Wuling Hector and Almaz, respectively. In addition, the compact MPV Baojun RM-5 in the future, too, will transform into Chevrolet. It is possible that other R-models will launch under a different brand.
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