Since General Motors’ Wuling brand in China officially launched its Global Silver logo, as part of its plan to elevate its image and expand its international market reach, two new-generation vehicles were introduced: the Victory MPV and the all-new Xing Chen. Now, patent images of an upcoming and unnamed compact crossover have just leaked, which will also be part of the brand’s onslaught of global-market products.
As usual, the Asian country’s authorities preceded SAIC-GM-Wuling by revealing the exterior design of the next Wuling compact crossover, which will become the third next-generation model to adopt both the popular brand’s new logo and latest design language. This time around, they released the 3D images submitted by the manufacturer to the intellectual property office.
Although its looks quite similar to the Wuling Xing Chen at first glance, a closer look reveals that the upcoming compact crossover actually has smaller dimensions and notable styling distinctions from Wuling’s first global utility vehicle, which was introduced earlier this year. As such, it will be the second of two global crossovers the brand plans to introduce this year.
Aesthetically, Wuling’s upcoming global compact crossover front end features several design elements seen on the Xing Chen, such as the shape of the headlights, the grille and the fog lamp surrounds. However, there are distinctions to be observed, including a noticeably different daytime running light pattern, a horizontal strip on the grille as well as a larger lower air intake.
The biggest differences between the two crossovers can be found on the side and the rear. The body of the next-generation compact crossover is shorter and features a slightly lower roofline. The new model also includes darkened rear pillars for a “floating roof” look, bestowing a certain coupe-like appearance as well.
Wuling’s upcoming global compact crossover is expected to be unveiled in the coming months as a 2022 model-year vehicle, and should go on sale before the end of the year in China, positioned below the new Wuling Xing Chen. The new crossover’s name, interior design and powertrain have yet to be unveiled.