SAIC-GM-Wuling, the second General Motors joint venture in China that manages the Wuling and Baojun brands, has been developing vehicles that have been marketed as Chevrolet models in various emerging markets around the world for more than a decade. After rebadging the Baojun 530 and 510 as the new Chevy Captiva and Groove, SGMW is currently testing an upcoming Wuling global vehicle that has just been captured bearing the Chevy logo.
Chinese spy photographers have just captured for the first time an upcoming subcompact-sized vehicle from Wuling’s new global range, bearing a very similar design language and clearly inspired by the brand’s recently launched Wuling Asta crossover (aka Xing Chen in China). However, the big news is that the first prototype of Wuling’s upcoming vehicle is wearing a Bow Tie on the steering wheel.
Notably, this upcoming vehicle from Wuling would be the first of the brand’s new Global Silver logo family of models planned to launch in international markets as a Chevrolet. Until now, only three Wuling minibuses have been rebadged under the Bow Tie brand, including the Wuling Rongguang as the Chevy N300, the Hongguang S as the Chevy Enjoy for India and the Hongguang V as the Chevy N400 and Chevy Tornado Van.
Wuling’s upcoming global vehicle bearing the Chevrolet logo is a subcompact-sized hatchback with crossover-inspired proportions and aesthetics, a formula widely used lately in the auto industry to take advantage of the high demand for SUVs. As such, the model features a high beltline that rises further at the C-pillar where it joins and shapes the rear spoiler, similar to the styling used by the Chevy Bolt EUV.
As a vehicle from Wuling’s new global range, the exterior and interior design language features elements very similar to those seen on the Asta and the brand’s upcoming compact crossover. The similarities range from the shape of the headlights and taillights to the layout of the dash with horizontal layout. In addition, the steering wheel is identical, replacing the logo with the gold Chevy Bow Tie.
This reveals SGMW’s plans to export Wuling’s next global vehicle to international markets as a future Chevy model, expanding the Chinese automaker’s strategic partnership as a car supplier to GM’s largest-volume brand in emerging markets. Wuling’s upcoming new vehicle is expected to debut later this year in China and be announced afterwards in some international markets under the Chevrolet brand.