Baojun 730 AT Hits the Streets in China (Spoilers: AT Stands for Automatic Transmission)
SAIC-GM-Wuling launched its latest Baojun product late in November: the new Baojun 730 AT. What does AT stand for, you ask? All Terrain? Armored Transport? Nope. It stands for automatic transmission. Why, you ask? Because, you see, it has an automatic transmission.
The Baojun 730 AT is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, which doles out 110 kW (148 horsepower) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque. It does so with the assistance of—what?—an automatic transmission.
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But not just any automatic transmission. No. The Baojun 730 AT gets a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission developed by BorgWarner, which is smoother and more efficient than other six-speed transmissions due to its ability to achieve the ideal shift point within 0.2 seconds. And that, kids, is what puts the AT in the Baojun 730 AT.
Other key features include a multi-link independent rear suspension, making the Baojun 730 AT the first MPV in its price range to offer a multi-link independent rear suspension and delivering superlative grip and control. It also gets a new black and gray interior with dark wood-like accents, blue ambient lighting, and dual-color seats for a surprisingly luxurious feel, as well as an available nine-speaker Infinity sound system that is custom-made for the Baojun 730 AT by Harman. Maybe, then, AT also stands for awesome tunes or aural tremendousness?
Pricing for the new Baojun 730 AT ranges from RMB 99,800 (approximately $15,270 USD) to 108,800 (approximately $16,650 USD). Hey, that’s cheap! AT must also stand for affordable treasure. Except it doesn’t. It just stands for automatic transmission. Please. Stop making up silly things.
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