New Baojun 510 SUV With Auto Box Costs Less Than A Ford Fiesta In China

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Presented at last year's Guangzhou Auto Show, the Baojun 510 can now be had with an automated manual transmission.

The China-only small SUV costs less than a new Ford Fiesta in the States, retailing between RMB 68,800 and RMB 75,800, depending on the selected trim, which equals to $10,580-$11,660 at today's exchange rates.

Joining the manual transmission versions, the new model features a 1.5-liter engine, which is married to an automated manual gearbox. The SUV can be equipped with steering wheel paddle shifters, for what the automaker describes as a "sporty driving performance", in addition to other amenities.

These include the semi-open panoramic sunroof, automatic air conditioning, heated and folding side mirrors with electronic adjustment, 8-inch LCD screen with smartphone connectivity and reversing camera, keyless entry, push-button start, and cruise control.

On the outside, it retains the look of the Baojun 510 manual, but offering a distinctive styling are the added LED DRLs, while inside it gets black and brown surfaces, and extra sound insulation, which is said to have been applied in 34 different areas.

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