The Chinese carmaker Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry Co. Ltd. abbreviated as Wuling around the globe recently introduced its newest tiny electric vehicle Hongguang Mini EV in Indonesia. The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture’s mini EV is a tiny electric runabout vehicle, simply called the Wuling EV which is based on the Global Small Electric Vehicle (GSEV) platform. The Wuling EV will be built at the Cikarang plant in Bekasi, West Java.
In terms of exterior appearance, the Wuling EV boasts a futuristic front end which has a full-width light bar that is aesthetically linked to the wing mirrors, which are positioned on stalks on the door body rather than at the base of the A-pillar, through chrome strips. The charging port door is located beneath this bar, as is the five-diamond Wuling emblem.
The dual-tier headlights are located immediately above the black front bumper, farther down. With a black roof and a vertical rectangular rear side window directly rearward of the B-pillars and flush door handles, the body side is also rather intriguing. The sleek side surface comprises a scalloped bottom part and a single shoulder line linking the huge side windows to the headlights.
The Wuling EV’s formal presentation made no mention of the model’s technical specs. However, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Details Technology disclosed a similar Wuling Air a few weeks earlier, disclosing some information. According to the information, the Chinese-spec version will be available in two variants: a two-seater with a length of 2,599 mm (102.3 inches) and a four-seater with a length of 2,974 (117.1 inches). Both will be equipped with a 40 horsepower (30 kW / 40 PS) electric motor, with Wuling putting it higher than the Mini EV and Nano EV.
It is also believed that the Wuling EV will be available with 30 kW (41 PS) or 50 kW (68 PS) power outputs, which is more than the 20 kW (27 PS) given on its probable cheaper sister. With 26.5 and 28.4 kWh lithium-ion batteries, both are said to have a range of 300 kilometres on the Chinese CLTC cycle.
The GSEV platform, according to Wuling, can handle Internet connectivity, driver assistance systems, park assistance, and voice control. That’s hardly unexpected, considering that Chery’s new QQ Wujie Pro, which includes the majority of these capabilities, is a strong competitor. Sources have also reported that the global launch of this vehicle will be in the second half of the year.
Between June 1 and 5, the Wuling EV will be on display at the “Electrify Your World” exhibition in Jakarta. The model will be available for purchase in Indonesia shortly, and it has been named the official vehicle for the G20 Bali Summit in November.
In other Wuling news, earlier in January, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA)’s data the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV reported an astonishing sales figure of 50,561 units in the month of December 2021 and posted a YoY growth of 42.9 percent, beating the likes of the BYD Qin and Tesla Model 3 and setting an all-time monthly high record.