A Chinese ‘Skoda Octavia’: GM’s New Low-Cost Model Costs the Same as the Logan

The new Baojun RC-5 has got two functional bodies at once in order to compete with the Skoda Octavia.

And just in case, it has an uncompromisingly low price.

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The new Baojun RC-5 is a joint product of GM, SAIC and Wulling. It will cost about $8,600, almost like the Renault Logan. However, the size of the new low-cost car is comparable to the Skoda Octavia.

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Apparently, General Motors’ “child” will compete with this Czech model. The company certainly has high hopes for it, hence there is uncharacteristic for Chinese cars attention to practicality. There is even a station wagon – the Baojun RC-5W. But the standard model is not a sedan, but a liftback. Does it remind you of anything?

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The similarities with the Skoda Octavia are obvious. However, the new Baojun RC-5 does not look like it at all. The car has received a characteristic «facial expression» with a huge fake radiator grille and narrow DRLs, under which there are large headlights.

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Its taillights are quite simple in shape and combined with a decorative glossy crossbar or an LED strip in more expensive configurations. Only one engine is available: this is a 1.5-liter petrol engine. You can choose a naturally aspirated version (98 hp) or turbo one (145 hp). The unit comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

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The interior of the Baojun RC-5 is characterized by a modern design and a technological approach to space. There are two large displays on the fascia, one of which functions as a digital cockpit. Also, there is an intelligent air filtration system, wireless smartphone charging, electric memory seats. Awesome!

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