Back in January, GM Authority reported that a future global vehicle from Wuling was spotted wearing a Chevy logo during validation tests in China. That first glimpse of an upcoming product being developed by the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture was a camouflaged prototype, but now, the future Wuling subcompact hatchback that will also be sold in some international markets under the Chevrolet brand has been fully leaked.
Wuling’s as-yet-unnamed future global subcompact hatchback has just been leaked to the Chinese media, who obtained the patent images of the vehicle that SGMW recently declared to country’s authorities. Although the Chinese press had initially labeled this upcoming vehicle as a crossover, the leaked images confirm our initial assessment that it is a five-door hatchback.
In contrast to early spy shots that showed the car’s interior look and exposed the Chevy Bow Tie on the steering wheel, leaked patent images fully reveal the exterior design and proportions of Wuling’s future subcompact hatchback. And this time around, the upcoming car bears the Global Silver logo of its original brand, as it will be sold in the Chinese market.
Aesthetically, Wuling’s future global subcompact hatchback features its own interpretation of the “wing dynamic aesthetics” design language of the brand’s latest-generation vehicles. As such, the model has a body with clean lines and functional forms, integrating elements quite similar to those used by the new Wuling Xing Chen (Asta) crossover that will inspire future models with the silver logo.
The front of Wuling’s future subcompact hatchback includes the same rectangular headlight format introduced by the compact crossover, along with a smaller grille tailored to its dimensions. For its part, the profile is highlighted by a rising beltline that accentuates the shark-fin shape of the C-pillar and blends it with the rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the rear end has stylized shapes and headlights very similar to those of the upcoming Wuling Xing Chi.
Wuling’s global subcompact hatchback is expected to be officially revealed later this year in China, as the fifth member of the brand’s global vehicle strategy after the Victory MPV, the Xing Chen, the all-new Jia Chen and the upcoming Xing Chi. The hatchback will then debut as a Chevrolet for emerging markets, becoming the first of Wuling’s new family of models to be sold internationally under the Bow Tie brand.