In late July 2020, SAIC-GM-Wuling first launched the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV as the first fully electric vehicle from General Motors’ popular Chinese brand. It quickly became a bestseller in China, and today, it is the world’s best-selling EV. Following the great commercial success of the zero-emission minicar, the joint venture is preparing to add a new range-topping variant of the MINI EV to the Chinese market.
Once again, the Asian country’s authorities went ahead of SGMW and revealed the first images of the upcoming Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV variant, boasting important updates and soon arriving as a new range-topping version of the nameplate. In fact, the new MINI EV variant will introduce an updated design, Wuling’s Global Silver logo and a new powertrain with a larger battery pack.
The leaked images show that the new top-of-the-line Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV has a noticeably different appearance than the regular version of the model that has been on sale in China for more than a year. As such, the vehicle will adopt a revamped exterior design with new headlight assemblies, an updated grille, new bumpers and the brand’s new silver logo, giving it a more modern look.
In addition, the aesthetic changes to the new variant of the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV include body-specific stampings that mark new character lines on the wheel arches, the lower part of the doors and the drop of the rear window that attaches the C-pillar to the waist line. This is joined by black wheels with contrasting accents, X-shaped taillights and a special “Game Boy” version that adds darkened headlights.
Notably, the upscale variant of the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV will have a slightly larger body as the wheelbase grows from 76.4 to 79.1 inches. This change is because the new version will have a larger 26 kWh battery pack, almost doubling driving range from the current 170 km to 300 km (186.4 miles) on a single charge. The updated powertrain includes a 30 kW or 40-horsepower engine.
The new range-topping Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV will be launched in the coming weeks and will hit the Chinese market as the main novelty of the popular electric vehicle for the 2022 model year. Although there is no official information yet, it is expected that it will coexist with the current version, aimed at more demanding consumers, but within the same spectrum of highly popular inexpensive minicars in China.