Just days after Baojun’s upcoming electric crossover was first spotted, and just as SAIC-GM-Wuling officially announced its new model, more images of the all-new Baojun Yep Plus leaked in China.
The Asian country’s authorities have published the official future product statement made by SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) for the all-new Baojun Yep Plus, an extended variant of the new zero-emission mini off-roader from General Motors’ youngest Chinese brand. As such, China’s government released the first images of the exterior and key features of the Yep Plus merely minutes ahead of the model’s global debut.
In particular, the leaked images show that the all-new Baojun Yep Plus is not a simple generic and elongated version of the initial three-door model, but rather introduces design elements that significantly change its style and represents a significant evolution with respect to the Yep EV. With the development of the new five-door model, SGMW made several aesthetic adjustments that give it a more distinguished and refined appearance.
The most obvious change of the all-new Baojun Yep Plus is its larger size, with a body that grows in every dimension, measuring 157.3 inches long (24.2 larger), 69.3 inches wide (3 larger) and 68 inches tall (0.3 more). It also rides on a significantly longer wheelbase that grows 17.8 inches to 100.8 inches overall. This gives the Yep Plus a more planted stance and unique proportions that enhance its look.
Although it wears the same grille and headlight module as the original model, the Baojun Yep Plus presents an updated front fascia with a slightly higher and inclined hood as well as a specific bumper that adapts to the new lateral shapes. The wheel arches are more organic and muscular, while the straight-cut glass surfaces in the new doors and the peculiar molding between the C and D pillars are reminiscent of the Land Rover Defender 110’s side profile.
The unique shapes of the all-new Baojun Yep Plus’ rear fascia stand out, giving it the new straight waistline, more pronounced hips that match the shape of the rear lights, a new square rear window and a glossy black finish on the rear pillars. In addition to a new bumper design, the rectangular hatch module is painted in a contrasting color and includes the Baojun logo – unlike the Yep EV’s ‘Car-Watch’ concept.
The all-new five-door Baojun Yep Plus will debut during the first quarter of the year in China as the second production vehicle in the Yep model line that will strengthen the brand’s competitiveness in the zero-emission small utility segment. SGMW’s leaked statement shows that the Yep Plus will be equipped with a new lithium iron phosphate battery pack, feeding a 75 kW or 100-horsepower motor.