General Motors recently announced the launch of the Hong Guang minicar for the Chinese market. The practical new Wuling EV is offered in three basic variants, and arrives as the brand’s first fully electric vehicle. Pricing ranges between RMB 28,800 ($4,115 USD at current exchange rates) and RMB 38,800 ($5,545 USD).
The new Wuling EV takes inspiration from the Japanese kei cars in terms of design, offering a mix of practicality and highly compact exterior dimensions – or as GM puts it, “small on the outside, big on the inside.” This helps the new minicar maneuver in a packed urban environment, as well as fit into tight parking spaces wherever they might be available.
In terms of measurements, the two-door hatchback is 2,917 mm (114.8 inches) long, 1,493 mm (58.8 inches) wide, and 1,621 mm (63.8 inches) tall. The wheelbase is 1,940 mm (76.4 inches).
Inside, the new Hong Guang Wuling EV provides upwards of 741 liters (26.2 cubic feet) of space with the rear seats folded flat, as the vehicle’s boxy styling maximizes available room. There’s also 12 individual storage compartments dotting the cabin, including a smartphone tray in the dash.
The new Wuling EV produces a maximum of 13 kW (17.4 horsepower) and 85 Nm (62.7 pound-feet) of torque. Top speed is rated at 100 km/h (62 mph). Range per charge is estimated at 170 km (105.6 miles) in top trip, with charging possible via a 240V outlet. Various battery functions are accessible via a smartphone app.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, tire pressure monitoring system, and rear park sonar. GM says that over 57 percent of the new Wuling EV is built using high-strength steel.
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