Just over a year ago, SAIC-GM-Wuling officially introduced the new Wuling Victory MPV as the first next-generation vehicle that ushered in a new era for the popular Chinese brand. Now, General Motors’ second joint venture in China is preparing to expand the Victory lineup with an upcoming and distinctive high-end variant, which has just leaked in the Asian country.
Chinese authorities released the official SGMW statement along with the first images and overview of the 2022 Wuling Victory, the second model year of the midsize MPV currently only sold in the Chinese market. The leak reveals that the big news for the 2022 Victory is the introduction of a range-topping variant that introduces a unique visual appearance and has more power than the standard version.
The upcoming high-end 2022 Wuling Victory, and it isn’t yet clear under which distinctive name or trim level it will be marketed, is an additional variant that will sit above the existing lineup. As such, this version of the Victory will feature a higher trim level than ever before seen in Wuling’s product portfolio, which until recently was only focused on low-end minibuses and commercial vehicles.
Aesthetically, the range-topping 2022 Wuling Victory sets itself apart by adopting a more striking front-end design that includes a larger grille with a new texture, which also wraps the driving lights in a bold chrome outline. In addition, it also debuts a distinctive front bumper with prominent moldings on the headlights, new wheels and a specific, more exclusive rear-end treatment.
On a mechanical level, the new high-end Wuling Victory keeps the turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine from the 2021 model as well as the rest of the latest-generation models from the Wuling and Baojun brands, although only in the most powerful configuration. The engine produces 130 kW or 174 horsepower, mated to a continuously variable transmission that simulates eight fixed gears.
The 2022 Wuling Victory range is expected to be officially unveiled in the coming months and go on sale later this year in China, where demand for more-equipped MPVs continues to increase at an astounding rate. Wuling is looking to capitalize on this growth by offering the Victory with two exterior designs, although at this time, it’s unclear if the upcoming high-end variant will include changes to the cabin.