New spy shots of the Wuling Baojun 610, formerly known as the Wuling Baojun 630 hatchback. The Wuling Baojun 610 will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the China car market around the same time. The Baojun 610 is based on the Baojun 630 sedan and they are both based on the platform of the of the China-made Buick Excelle.
Price of the hatchback will start around 55.000 yuan, undercutting the sedan by about 5000 yuan. The price difference might not look that big but ii means a lot in China where many first-car-buyers are working with a very tight budget. Engines are the same as in the sedan: a 112hp 1.5 and a 143hp 1.8, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
Baojun is an entry level brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture (SGMW), in which GM has a 33.3% stake. The other partners are SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive. SAIC and GM are tied up in the giant Shanghai-GM joint venture that makes Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars for the Chinese market.