After officially revealing the upcoming Wuling sedan EV in China in mid-August, SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) has just announced that the all-new model will also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain variant.
General Motors’ second joint venture has unveiled the upcoming PHEV counterpart of the Chinese brand’s first sedan, initially revealed as an all-electric model. SGMW revealed some general data and the first official exterior design images of the vehicle, baptized with the Chinese name ‘星光’ – which more or less means ‘Starlight’ in English.
As such, the new PHEV is the second announced variant of the upcoming Wuling sedan that will further expand the strong new energy vehicle (NEV) portfolio of the automaker’s best-selling brand in China. The mid-size sedan is Wuling’s first three-box car and opens a new chapter in the history of the brand initially specialized in commercial minibuses.
Aesthetically, the upcoming plug-in hybrid Wuling sedan maintains exactly the same four-door body style introduced by the zero-emission variant, which debuts a completely new design language with modern lines and elegant shapes heavily focused on aerodynamics. It highlights the low front, clean sides and a fastback-type rear with prominent horizontal LED lighting that give it a distinctive look.
However, both versions of the upcoming Wuling sedan differ noticeably at the front with specific designs that allow them to be easily distinguished. Unlike the clean grilleless format and separate wing-shaped headlights of the EV, the PHEV adopts a three-dimensional upper grille with openings carved into the body itself, a simpler hood, a new bumper design and a massive horizontal line of LED daytime running lights.
The other big difference is that the upcoming Wuling 星光 PHEV is equipped with a powertrain composed of a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine and an electric motor, which develop a combined 78 kW or 106 horsepower. The system is powered by an iron-phosphate battery with a capacity yet to be revealed. The vehicle is expected to be officially launched in the near future as one of the most affordable NEVs in the Chinese market.