Last week, GM Authority reported that SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) officially announced the all-new Wuling Journey pickup as the brand’s first product launch in 2021. Now, General Motors’ second joint venture in China revealed the first real-world photos of the new Journey, also known as the Wuling Zhengtu, giving us a better look at the next member of the Wuling family of commercial vehicles.
The all-new Wuling Journey will hit the market as the first purpose-built and dedicated pickup in the 35-year history of GM’s most popular brand in China, positioned as a youthful truck to meet the needs young entrepreneurs. At present, Wuling offers multiple truck configurations of the Rongguang Commercial Vehicle series, but as tailored work variants.
The first real-world pictures of the new Wuling Journey pickup confirm that the model boasts a very distinctive format and rugged appearance, based on the “mechanical aesthetics” design language of the traditional family of vehicles, wearing the original red logo that focuses on combining simplicity and versatility.
SGMW claims that the Journey pickup’s generous 124.4-inch wheelbase ensures a spacious four-door cab as well as a superior cargo box size, achieving a unique stance that makes easy everyday use a top priority. The cargo bed has a long and low form factor, equipped with a highly modular gantry structure, emphasizing load capacity and driver outward visibility, simplifying the ownership experience.
As we previously covered, the only powertrain choice in the Wuling Journey will be a naturally aspirated 1.5L engine with an output of 98 horsepower, mated exclusively to a five-speed manual transmission. The joint venture claims that this engine is fuel efficient and meets China’s national B6 emissions regulations.
The official launch of the all-new Wuling Journey in the Chinese market is expected for the first quarter of the year, and will arrive in dealerships shortly thereafter. As Wuling’s first youth-focused pickup, the Journey represents the brand’s precise vision to meet the needs of the new generation of entrepreneurs in China, with a simple yet personalized design allowing them to carry out their work and play as well.