Wuling Hongguang is the first cross-border independent research and development product between commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles launched by SAIC-GM-Wuling. Wuling Hongguang’s perfect balance of power and economy, as well as its strength in handling and safety, subverts the traditional impression of commercial vehicles.
However, Wuling Hongguang’s sales have fallen sharply in recent years. Of course, this also reflects the fact that the Chinese low-end vehicle market is gradually shrinking with the upgrading of consumer demand. How to move to the high-end has become a difficult problem in front of Wuling Hongguang.
On August 14th, we obtained the declaration information of SAIC-GM-Wuling Hongguang Plus from China MIIT. Compared with the Wuling Hongguang models sold, the appearance of the Plus version looks more fashionable and dynamic, a 1.5T engine with maximum power of 147 horsepower is also replaced. It seems that Wuling Hongguang has also begun to take the high-end route!
Wuling Hongguang’s design has got rid of the cheap feeling of the past, unlike the previous Wuling Hongguang models, the overall design of the Wuling Hongguang Plus has completely got rid of the post cheap feeling, it looks more like a regular MPV. Specifically, the overall body of the new car is more square, and the wide and heavy front is matched with more straight lines, which looks more tough. As for the design of the tail, although it is very simple, it seems more coordinated, the “Plus” logo at the end also indicates the identity of the new car.
In terms of body size, the new car has a length and height of 4720/1840/1810mm and a wheelbase of 2800mm. Compared with the current model (4420/1685/1755mm, the wheelbase is 2720mm), there is a certain improvement in all aspects, which means the room performance of the new car should be greatly improved. As for the interior layout of the car, Wuling Hongguang Plus offers two options: 7-seat (2+2+3) and 8-seat (2+3+3), which are consistent with the current model.
According to the information of CHINA MIIT, the new car offers three trims: low/medium/high. The low trim level model features steel wheels, pure black front grille, black plastic nude door handles/external rearview mirrors, etc. . On this basis, the mid-trim model has added front fog lights, front grille chrome strips, body color door handles/external rearview mirrors, and reversing radar/imagery, and have been fitted with aluminum alloy wheels. The high trim level model is further equipped with black headlights with lenses, rear wipers, and black window frames. Overall, it is true that the medium and high trim level models have to be more graded.
As for the power, the Wuling Hongguang Plus is powered by a 1.5T engine ( codenamed: LJO), with maximum power of 147 horsepower. Compared with the current 1.5L (105 ps) engine, it has increased 42 horsepower and meets CN-6 emission standards. Previously, some Chinese netizens exposed Wuling Hongguang’s top speed can be close to 200km/h. would it be like to take off if it replace such more powerful engine?
At present, the guiding price of Wuling Hongguang is 42,800-69,800 yuan in China market.