Baojun Upgrades The 730 7-Seat MPV With 1.5-Liter Turbo Engine

Spending $15,000 on a new car in the US would land you a new Ford Fiesta with a few extras, but the same amount will get you a new Baojun 730 in China.

Upgraded for the new MY, the MPV is still based on a Lotus-tuned chassis, though it gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine rated at 147 HP (149 PS) and 170lb-ft (230Nm) of torque that’s mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Despite carrying a starting price of RMB 99,800 ($15,045), the MPV made by SAIC-GM-Wuling exclusively for the Chinese market comes with a few high-tech features, such as the active air intake grille, which controls the air entry into the engine compartment, allowing it to reach the optimal temperature faster, and reducing wind drag.

The 730 has a 2+2+3 seating layout, and is available with a new black and grey interior trim, dark wood-like accents, ice blue ambient lighting, dual-color seats and a 9-speaker Infinity sound system by Harman, which was custom made for this vehicle. Moreover, the automaker claims that the cabin is “segment-leading quiet”, thanks to sound-absorbing and soundproofing materials.

GM’s local joint venture expects the upgraded MPV to continue the success of the model introduced in 2015, which managed to achieve a 5-star safety rating from C-NCAP.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Imagine that little engine hauling 7 people and their luggage up hill, or any hill for that matter.

    • Six_Tymes

      so it rolls backwards, whats the big deal? lol

  • Six_Tymes

    I so wish I could buy this in the U.S.

  • Fairprice

    Looks good (IMO better than a VW). Fair price. I’d buy one…!
    And if it proves to be reliable than even better….

  • CarCzarDesigner

    GM could use a new economy brand so that Chevrolet can move a little more upmarket. A Chinese name like Wuling (as in Ruling) Baojun would be perfect! Especially since a lot of Americans think cars are getting so expensive, a Wuling Baojun would make their dreams come true.

    They could even use the marketing slogan… “Wu-Ling Boa-jun, you will be wooed to buy it!”

    lol

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