Not content to be the largest microvan maker in China, the three way joint venture of SAIC, General Motors, and Wuling (SGMW) plans to build a complete passenger-car line under the Baojun brand. Utilizing outdated platforms from Shanghai-GM, the company has developed Baojun 630 compact (derived from Buick Excelle) and Lechi subcompact (a re-badged Chevrolet Spark). A Baojun MPV, exposed to be a variant of Wuling Honguang, will be launched later this year, with a hatchback expected to debut in 2014 and a compact SUV in 2015. The last two models will both be based on the current 630 sedan.
Viewed from the front, the 630 hatchback is almost indistinguishable from the sedan, retaining all the essential style and structural features. The same engine options will be provided: a 1.5L DVVT (shared with Buick Excelle) or 1.8L (found also on Chevrolet Cruze), each paired to a 5MT or 6AT.
Spy shots of Baojun 630 hatchback in road testing
A rendering of Baojun 630 hatchback
Monthly sales of the three-box 630, first released two year ago, topped 10,000 in 2012 but fell below 5,000 recently. Its waning popularity threatens SGMW’s goal of delivering more than 100,000 Baojun cars a year.
2013 Baojun 630 notchback
The 630 hatchback will sell for 60,000-80,000 Yuan, in the same range as the sedan.
(pics from auto.163.com)