Does GM’s Baojun 560 SUV Remind You of the Pre-Facelift VW Tiguan?

The SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) joint-venture has introduced its first SUV at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Baojun 560.

Developed by SGMW, the SUV bears a striking resemblance to the pre-facelift VW Tiguan at the front (the headlights look very similar), while the rear could be seen as a cross between the Kia Sorento and Audi Q3.

The Baojun 560 is 4,620mm long, 1,820mm wide and 1,750mm high. The wheelbase is 2,750mm, longer than most other models in the segment, which is why the Baojun 560 benefits from a spacious interior, according to the release.

The interior features seats in black and brown tones, chrome accents and a “double-barrel” dashboard. The rear seats can be folded in a 60/40 split configuration to accommodate larger items.

Standard features include an 8-inch LCD infrared touch-screen infotainment system with GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio and a CD player, push button start, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, folding outside mirrors, six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, electronic constant temperature control, and independent air outlets and reading lamps in the rear seats.

Power comes from a 1.8-liter VVT-iTECH petrol engine developed by SGMW, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine produces 135hp and 186Nm (137lb-ft) of torque. Just like the Baojun 730 MPV, the 560 SUV rides on a Lotus-tuned chassis.

In terms of safety, the model has been designed to meet the C-NCAP five-star safety standard. Active and passive safety features offered as standard include four air bags, electronic stability control (ESC), the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), front parking radar and a backup camera.

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