In addition to its strong all-electric passenger vehicle offensive, SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) is preparing to completely renew and expand its zero-emission commercial vehicle offering with the all-new Wuling Yangguang EV that has just leaked in China.
General Motors’ second joint venture in China is ready to begin a thorough renewal of its commercial vehicle portfolio, and recently presented the official future product declaration of the all-new Wuling Yangguang EV to the authorities of the Asian country. As usual, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealed the document with the technical sheet and the first images of the next Wuling electric van.
The all-new Wuling Yangguang EV is the first next-generation electric minivan from GM’s popular Chinese brand and will open a new era in the country’s commercial vehicle market – led by Wuling for more than two decades. In fact, the upcoming Yangguang EV represents the third generation of its commercial minibus line and the first all-new model with the traditional red logo following the launch of the successful MINI EV in 2020.
Aesthetically, the all-new Wuling Yangguang EV introduces a new evolution of the “mechanical aesthetics” design concept focused on practicality, with an all-new body featuring softened shapes and simple lines that give it a fresh appearance – as well as being much more modern than that of the brand’s first electric minivan, the Wuling Rongguang EV. The front design stands out with horizontally elongated headlights and the logo just above the charging port.
In particular, the leak from Chinese authorities shows two configurations of the Wuling Yangguang EV, with a total mass of 2,860 kg (6,305 pounds) and 2,930 kg (6,460 pounds) respectively. The reason for the difference in weight between the Yangguang EV variants is not specified, but it is most likely due to varying feature content and battery pack size.
The all-new Wuling Yangguang EV is equipped with a 60 kW or 80-horsepower electric motor, while its body measures 196.3 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 77.8 inches high, riding on a generous 120-inch wheelbase. It has a simplistic cabin with two seats and most of the interior is dedicated exclusively to the cargo area, the capacity of which is yet to be known.