The new Baojun 310Wagon has been launched on the Shanghai Auto Show and will hit the Chinese auto market next month. The 310Wagon (without a space) is a hip-fish wagon-crossover based on the Baojun 310 hatchback.
It looks interesting, stretched out to the max with a large rear overhang. Belt line angles up to the narrow rear window. Wheels are far too small again, as usual with a Wuling product.
The wagon aims at young car buyers who are looking for something a bit more special than a sedan, hatchback, or SUV. Chinese car makers are coming up with all sorts of mixes between vehicle styles; this 310Wagon mixes hatchback and wagon with some MPV. Expect the advertisement to focus on hip looking folk camping up mountain and such.
The standard modern-Wuling interior with analogue dials, an 8-inch touch screen, a cheap looking steering wheel, and beige seats.
Initially there will be only one engine available: a 1.5 with 112hp and 147nm, mated to a five-speed manual. The 310Wagon won’t be a fast wagon.
Rear lights are neat. big Baojun badge. Baojun means “Treasure Horse” and the logo depicts a horse head.
Enough space for three on the very flat bench.
Although based on the 310 hatch the 310Wagon is a lot larger; 58.8 centimeter to be precise. Wheelbase went up with 20 centimeters width with 3 and height with 8.5. This makes for: 4620/1710/1535, and wheelbase is 2750.
Cargo bay is 740 liter compared to just 200 liter for the 310 hatchback. With the bench down the wagon can take a massive 1460 liter. That’s a lot of tent.
Better in blue than in white.
Baojun is an entry level brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, in which GM has a 43% stake. The other partners are SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive.
SAIC and GM are also tied up in the giant Shanghai-GM joint venture that makes Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars for the Chinese market.