Spy Shots: new large Wuling MPV testing in China
Published on February 25, 2014 by W.E. Ning
Spy Shots showing a new large Wuling MPV testing in China. The vehicle is larger than everything Wuling builds today, and will bring the Wuling brand into a whole new segment of the market. Price is expected to start around 70.000 yuan and end around 110.000 yuan. Currently, the most expensive Wuling branded car is the Hongguang mini MPV which is priced from 44.800 yuan to 69.800 yuan.
The new MPV will be available in 7-seat or 9-seat configuration. Wuling is aiming not only at the private market but also at taxi and fleet companies. Power will come from 1.8 and 2.0 liter petrol engines, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. The new MPV will debut sometime later this year.
Wuling is an entry level minivan/mini-MPV brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, in which GM has a 33.3% stake. The joint venture also runs the Baojun brand. The other partners are SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive. SAIC and GM are tied up in the giant Shanghai-GM joint venture that makes Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars for the Chinese market.