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The Baojun RS-3 is dirt-cheap, too, but it's only for China.

In the market for a small crossover? General Motors can hook you up with a Chevy Trax or Buick Encore. But on styling alone, we'd rather have this.

What you're looking at is the new Baojun RS-3, a subcompact crossover GM has just released for the Chinese market. And it's not a bad looking set of wheels – as far as subcompact crossovers go, at any rate – that makes us wish we could get our hands on one instead of one of the above-mentioned models offered here in the US.

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At 169.5 inches long, 68.8 inches wide, and 62.9 inches tall, riding on a 100-inch wheelbase, the Baojun RS-3 is about the size of the Trax and Encore we get in America (though shorter from top to tarmac) – or, for that matter, the new Buick Encore also recently revealed in China that's slated to reach our shores soon (though it's a fair bit smaller than the up-sized Encore GX). The big difference, though, as far as we can see, is that it's a far more modern and altogether better-looking vehicle, inside and out, than the aging duo sold here.

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The new Baojun RS-3 slots in below the larger RS-5 crossover – neither of which share anything more than a name in common with Audi's performance models – and alongside the RM-5 minivan and RC-6 in the Chinese brand's lineup. Power comes from a modest 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine of otherwise undisclosed specifications, mated to either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. And it integrates the latest infotainment and safety systems that GM has to offer, which is pretty impressive considering just how cheap GM and its local partners SAIC and Wuling have made this new little crossover. Starting at RMB 71,800, it costs the equivalent of just over $10,000.

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