Roughly two and half years after introducing the 510 in China, Baojun has given its smallest SUV the first significant updates.
The main modification regards the replacement of the automated manual gearbox with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The new transmission is paired with the same 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine, which however has slightly different power and torque figures.
The engine is now rated at 105 PS (104 hp / 77 kW), with a peak torque of 135 Nm (100 lb-ft) produced between 3,600 and 5,200 rpm. With the previously-available five-speed automated manual transmission, the 510’s unit delivered 111 PS (110 hp) and 147 Nm (108 lb-ft).
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According to Baojun, the new ‘box comes with Standard, Economy and Sport modes. Thanks to the continuous speed ratio changes, acceleration and deceleration are said to be smooth and comfortable. Furthermore, the CVT contributes to a significant reduction in fuel consumption, although no figures have been released.
The co-owned by GM and SAIC Motor joint venture has also made improvements to the subcompact SUV’s interior, which is now quieter than its predecessor. Baojun accomplished that by applying high-performance acoustic material in 34 locations to keep more noise outside the cabin. Additionally, the windshield now has an integrated soundproof glass and the windows are thicker than before. Engineers have also made sure to cut the noise levels produced by the air filter, exhaust, and air conditioning system.
Prices for the updated 510, which is available in two grades, start from RMB 73,800 (approximately $10,750) and RMB 82,800 ($12,050), respectively. No wonder the subcompact SUV is one of Baojun’s best sellers, with nearly 800,000 sales since its introduction in February 2017.