GM’s Latest Small SUV Costs Just Under $8,000… In China

General Motors may make a lot of money off its big SUVs, but it’s been launching a whole bevy of smaller ones lately. There’s the Chevy Trax, the Buick Encore (or Opel Mokka overseas), and it’s  working on a Cadillac XT3.

What you see here is its newest, but it comes from a brand with which you may not be familiar.

The product of a joint venture between GM and SAIC, the Baojun 510 joins a growing roster of models developed specifically for the Chinese market.

The small SUV made its debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show just a few months ago. But now it’s reaching dealerships, with prices starting at RMB 54,800 – equivalent to just $8,000 at current exchange rates.

That’s $5,000 less than you’d have to pay in America to get into a Chevy Spark, which is the cheapest model GM sells in its home market. Even fully equipped it comes in at 69800 yuan, or about $10k.

We wouldn’t expect much for that low a sum, but the Baojun 510 certainly doesn’t look low-rent from what we’ve seen, and boasts a surprisingly complete array of equipment.

GM cites “high-quality sound insulation” as well as a partially opening panoramic sunroof, automatic air conditioning, remote keyless entry, push-button ignition, cruise control, heated electric rearview mirrors, an 8-inch LCD screen in the dashboard, and “an optimal ownership experience [including] 10 premium services.” Not bad for eight large.

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  • SteersUright

    Its better looking than any GM SUV for sale here in the USA.

    • ediotsavant

      Yes, it does. What a tragedy. The chinese are designing better cars than GM.

      • SteersUright

        I feel like its just complacency. GM has been making money even when they go bankrupt with bailout after bailout so there’s no longer any real deep-seated drive, passion, and determination among their well (over) compensated executives. This is a recurring theme among most of the old-hat USA companies these days who should’ve been allowed to go under multiple times over by now, allowing for a re-birth of better and more dynamics companies in their stead as true marketplaces (not rigged) would have seen it.

        • Me

          How many times has GM gone bankrupt and received bailout after bailout?

          • Belthronding Tinuviel

            just one ?

    • antman70

      Or Australia! Even the interior is better.

    • Matt

      You can’t be serious. This thing looks awful and cheap (because it is).

    • Jobu

      Its a “stretched” Trax for five large. Amazing !

  • Matthijs

    That Mazda grille seems to be popular..

  • It certainly looks upscale for that price! Very nice little SUV 🙂
    US models costing two or three times as much look cheaper/worse.

    • Liam Paul

      it does look nice for what it is

  • sean tooher

    Fiat Toro, Citroen C3 front end, side profile beyond bland and a 1990s rear end, NOTHING NEW here …. again

  • Dennis Scipio

    Those are some very Slim Headlights.

    • Matt

      Those aren’t headlights, they’re just daytime LEDs. The headlights are below in the bumper.

      • Dennis Scipio

        No, those are the headlights and the DRLS are very small and you can clearly see the square bulges indicating the headlights and the bottom are the turn signal/fogs lights so no.

        • Matt

          Um, so what is that traditional projector-style headlight where you claim the fog lights are?

          You think an $8k car is going to have LED headlights?

          • Dennis Scipio

            I’m sorry, i didn’t know. I DIDN’T GET UPVOTED, BUT YOU DID SHIT!!!! thanks for making me feel like a fucking idiot.

          • TheHake

            Take it easy bro. It’s ok to make a mistake now and then…

          • Althea Later

            I just touched your up arrow

  • Bash

    it doesn’t look bad at all

  • Sébastien
  • Benjamin B.

    Why doesn’t GM sell this here as a Chevrolet and offer a value alternative to Buick and Cadillac.

    • getoffme

      Don’t worry GM would rebadge this to a Cadillac and charge you 10x of its price.

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      • Tumbi Mtika

        That’s… 80K.

        I think you overdid it a bit there.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I think it looks great considering its price tag.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Nice Citroen. Wait, that’s not it…