GM's Baojun 560 Gets Seven Seats, Dual Clutches

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Of all the SUVs that GM produces and markets around the world, the Baojun 560 may be the least familiar... to most Western readers, at least. But it's a critical model in the Chinese market, and it's now been treated to some critical upgrades.

Launched two years ago, the Baojun 560 is made through a joint venture between General Motors and local automakers Wuling and SAIC, and has already sold over a million units.

The latest version is now available as a seven-seater, with two seats up front, a movable three-seat row in the middle, and two more seats in the back. The interior has also been refined with a new infotainment display, improved HVAC system, and enhanced trim.

Along with the extra row of seats, the automakers have also installed a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, sourced from BorgWarner and mated to a 1.5-liter turbo four rated at 150 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque – considerably more potent than the naturally aspirated 1.8-liter inline-four that's good for 137 hp and just as much torque.

The 560 is offered alongside the smaller 510 sport-ute, E100 electric city car, 310 wagon, 610 hatchback, 630 sedan, and 730 minivan in the growing Baojun lineup.

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