General Motors’ SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) joint venture in China continues to expand its vehicle portfolio and has just unveiled its next compact crossover from Wuling, the company’s best-selling brand in the Asian country.
The automaker officially unveiled the forthcoming Wuling compact crossover in China as part of a product offensive aimed at reinvigorating the image of the brand initially specializing in commercial mini buses. As with Wuling’s upcoming all-electric sedan, the new crossover was first announced with only the Chinese name “星云” which in English can be translated to “Nebula.”
Notably, Wuling’s upcoming compact crossover is a new addition to the brand’s new energy vehicle (NEV) portfolio and introduces a hybrid powertrain comprised of a 2.0L engine and an electric motor, rated at 100 kW or 134 horsepower. However, the Wuling 星云 or Nebula is not totally new, but shares a platform, body structure and various aesthetic elements with the Baojun RM-5 released in July 2019.
In fact, Wuling’s new compact crossover uses many of the exact same components from the Baojun RM-5, such as the two-tier headlamp clusters, fenders and doors. Both models also share polygon-shaped stampings. of polygon where the door handles are embedded; which is also present around the horizontal LED lights both front and rear.
The main differences between Wuling’s upcoming compact crossover and Baojun’s MPV are a new frontal design with a cleaner, higher hood featuring a large lower grille module with geometric shapes, as well as a slightly shorter rear end with new stampings that give its own personality to its 181.5-inch-long, 71.3-inch-wide and 65.7-inch-high body, riding on a 106.3-inch wheelbase.
For its part, the interior design of Wuling’s new compact crossover also shares many elements with the Baojun RM-5, such as the 10.25-inch central display module flanked by two vertical air vents, the digital instrument panel and the steering wheel. Unlike the RM-5 that offers up to three rows of seats, Wuling’s model has a unique two-row, five-seat configuration. This crossover is expected to be officially launched in the coming weeks.