Chinese buyers will have another SUV to choose from with the debut of the Wuling Hong Guang S3, born from the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture. And after looking it over, a couple of us think Wuling has re-introduced the Pontiac Aztek.
No, it’s not identical looking, but the overall shape evokes the Aztek, a vehicle so harshly shamed in its time, it almost wasn’t fair. Or maybe it was. Opinions still differ on whether the Aztek was seriously ahead of its time or flat out ugly. With that said, the Hong Guang S3 is certainly not a looker, comparisons or not.
The large body, which houses room for six passengers and a driver, sits atop rather tiny wheels for a vehicle of this size with a mashup up various SUV design cues. But, hey, it’s got a floating roof, so that’s trendy. Inside, Wuling touts the bountiful storage spaces and a “sense of luxury” with a quartz clock and striping.
Despite us poking fun, it will likely be a smash hit in China. The SUV and crossover craze isn’t limited to the United States anymore. The Hong Guang S3 will go on sale with a starting price of RMB 56,800 ($8,552 USD), while a fully loaded model will fetch RMB 81,800 ($12,317 USD).