Following official confirmation of the vehicle’s imminent debut by SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) in early October, the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus has just been spotted for the first time in China.
The extended-length version of Baojun’s new all-electric mini off-road utility vehicle was spotted for the first time in China during validation tests on public roads in the Asian country, where spy photographers managed to capture the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus in prototype form. However, this first photo of the Yep Plus on the streets was taken from afar and has very low resolution.
The first prototype of the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus captured on the road was covered in a checkered camouflage wrap that gives a first glimpse of its larger dimensions and allows us to appreciate the actual proportions of the vehicle. In fact, the Yep Plus feels substantially larger and more distinguished than the original three-door Yep EV variant.
Naturally, the most notable cosmetic changes to the upcoming Baojun Yep Plus over the shorter Yep EV are the five-door body and extended wheelbase that changes virtually every side panel. Highlights include the new shorter, single-glass format of the front doors, as well as the voluminous size and straight shapes of the rear doors that accentuate the vehicle’s characteristic boxy shape.
However, the substantial changes to the body seen in this first photograph of the Baojun Yep Plus hint at new design elements exclusive to the extended-length version. Among them are new side mirrors mounted on the doors and not on the A-pillars, the new waistline crease and a possible specific front bumper. For its part, the captured prototype appears to have no roof rails or running boards.
The upcoming Baojun Yep Plus is expected to officially debut during the first quarter of the 2024 calendar year, aiming to expand Baojun’s distinctive range of zero-emission mini off-roaders in the Chinese market. It’s the third Yep EV body style announced so far, after the regular three-door variant and the upcoming Baojun Yep EV mini pickup revealed in show car form.