Last week, GM Authority reported the leak of Wuling’s upcoming global compact crossover, which is General Motors’ best-selling brand in China. Now, the third member of Wuling’s next-generation vehicle portfolio has just been captured during on-road testing, confirming various aspects of its design as well as its imminent launch in the Asian country.
Wuling’s upcoming compact crossover, whose name is unknown for now, was first captured in northern China covered in a light checkered camouflage revealing many aspects of its final design. Notably, this utility vehicle will be the third one to feature the new Global Silver logo and the “wing dynamic aesthetics” design language on which the brand’s new family of models is based.
In keeping with patent images leaked by Chinese authorities, the first spy photos of Wuling’s new crossover confirm that it will boast an exterior design very similar to that of the new all-new Wuling Xing Chen. This is most obvious at the front, where both crossovers are styled with rectangular headlight clusters, a generously sized grille with the same overall shape as well as similar fog lamps bezels.
However, the real-world shots also highlight the clear distinctions between Wuling’s two next-generation utility vehicles. In particular, the upcoming compact crossover’s grille has a different horizontal stripe with multiple chrome squares making up a 3D pattern, which harmoniously connects with similarly shaped elements integrated inside the headlight lenses.
The spy photos also show that the upcoming compact crossover is significantly smaller in proportions than the new Xing Chen, the brand’s first global utility vehicle. The beltline connecting the most rearward pillars stands out, where the roofline slopes down and results in a more included rear-quarter window. The rear end sports large horizontal headlights and a peculiar “duck tail” just above them.
Wuling’s upcoming global compact crossover is expected to be unveiled as a 2022 model-year vehicle in the coming months, and should go on sale before the end of the year in China. As is the case with the new Wuling Victory MPV and Xing Chen (which is Chinese for ‘Stars’), the upcoming crossover will seek to expand the international reach of the popular Chinese brand into new emerging markets such as Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.