The SAIC–GM–Wuling (SGMW) three way partnership has been setting the traits in China on the subject of cool, inexpensive, mini EVs. After the smash hit Hongguang Mini EV and its many flavors, together with the colourful Macaron Version and the Cabriolet model, SGMW is about to unleash the Baojun Yep Mini SUV. However earlier than the Baojun Yep enters the stage, the SGMW three way partnership has launched the Wuling Bingo, a 5-door compact hatchback that’s bigger than the Hongguang.
Listed below are the specs of the Wuling Bingo: The Bingo’s dimensions are 3950/1708/1580 mm with a wheelbase of 2560 mm. It can have two choices, one with a 30 kW (41 hp) motor and one other with a 50 kW (68 hp) motor. These choices will are available a 17.3 kWh and a 31.9 kWh model with a variety of 203 km or 333 km, respectively. It additionally begins at a really appetizing $8,682 in China. That’s $8,682 for an honest 5-door automotive with a 17.3 kWh battery and a 30 kW (41 hp) motor. Not unhealthy.
Lots of people outdoors of China, and maybe in China too, thought that the Hongguang Mini EV was tiny, however it isn’t as small as you’ll suppose. The Wuling Bingo is right here to handle the wants of these customers who would like a barely bigger 5-door compact hatchback that’s in a section just like in style ICE hatchbacks such because the Ford Fiesta. The Bingo even comes with a reasonably large boot (trunk) that comes as much as 790L with the rear seats folded down. It additionally has two screens, a 7″ instrument panel, and a ten.25″ infotainment display. It has voice recognition, 4 audio system, and a few good high quality imitation leather-based for the upper trim variations.
So, the SAIC–GM–Wuling (SGMW) three way partnership gave individuals in China an choice that they wished, a bigger compact EV hatchback. How did the market reply? Effectively, the response has been fairly good. Wuling introduced yesterday that it bought 16,383 items of the Bingo final month, in its first full month of gross sales. So, it appears like SGMW has one other smash hit on the playing cards.
Might there be extra excellent news about this Wuling Bingo within the close to future for individuals outdoors China?
It appears prefer it. If we check out Wuling’s model philosophy and observe Wuling’s model story, autos with the Purple Wuling badge are for the native Chinese language market and autos with the Silver Wuling badge are for the worldwide market. The Wuling Bingo already comes with the Silver Wuling badge, so we may see it in some markets outdoors of China sooner quite than later. Moreover, the Wuling Air is already being assembled in Indonesia and is now on sale in India, the place it has been rebadged because the MG Comet. Hopefully we’ll see an “MG Bingo” in India as nicely. If the Bingo will get a right-hand-drive choice very quickly, I hope it’s going to additionally go to extra markets around the globe as rapidly as doable. After a very long time of ready, we’re lastly getting into the age of inexpensive EVs! Thrilling occasions forward.
All photographs courtesy of Wuling
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