SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), General Motors’ second joint venture in China, is putting the finishing touches on the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus, an extended five-door variant of the brand’s mini electric crossover that will debut next year in the Asian country.
The automaker has just confirmed the development of the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus as a five-door, extended-body version of the small zero-emission utility vehicle, which made its global debut earlier this year in China. This was reported exclusively over the weekend by the General Director of the SAIC-GM-Wuling Brand Division, Zhou Jinkai, through a post on his account on his Weibo social network account.
SGMW’s top executive came forward to address the rumors and officially confirmed the existence of the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus, revealing that the vehicle will be launched in early 2024. “The five-door version of the Baojun Yep Plus has an urban hardcore style. Its appearance is very good-looking and its competitiveness is very strong! To sum it up in one sentence, it’s so powerful! It will be launched in the first quarter of next year,” said Zhou Jinkai.
Notably, the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus will expand the quirky mini EV crossover range in the Chinese market and represents the third body style that has been announced for Baojun’s all-electric nameplate, following the regular three-door model and the upcoming Baojun Yep EV mini pickup revealed in May. In fact, the strategy will turn the Yep EV into a new family of zero-emission utility vehicles with an adventurous character.
Although no official image of the future vehicle has yet been revealed, it is known that the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus will maintain the same striking, characteristic design of the existing model, but adapted to a longer body. As such, the Yep Plus will have an extended wheelbase that will increase rear-seat and cargo space.
The upcoming Baojun Yep Plus will officially debut in China in the next months and will be launched in the local market in early 2024, when it is scheduled to begin mass production and arrive in dealerships during the first quarter. In addition to the extended five-door body and increased interior space, the new Yep Plus will also introduce powertrain tweaks with a larger battery pack that will enhance driving range.