The upcoming five-door has a rather unusual appearance. It is also known that the model will be offered as a hybrid.
The Wuling brand, which is part of a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC, has announced a new SUV. The Chinese name of the model is Xingyun, but in English it sounds like Nebula. The brand itself has so far distributed only a couple of branded pictures, promising to share the details later. However, the main inputs are already there: the characteristics of the crossover have recently been added to the database of the local Ministry of Industry, and photos of the “live” car have also appeared there.
Appearance of Wuling Xingyun/Nebula is made in a new style. So, the crossover got strips of daytime running lights framed in chrome, the blocks of the main headlights are located below – and they are also enclosed in a shiny (and rather massive) frame. Chrome-plated “points” flaunt on a wide radiator grille. And the rear lights are made in the form of a single line.
The length of the crossover is 4610 mm, width – 1810 mm, height – 1670 mm, wheelbase – 2700 mm. That is, in terms of its dimensions, the new Wuling is not far from the current Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail. At the same time, Nebula will be available exclusively with a five-seat interior. By the way, there are no images of the interior yet, but the available photos show that the tidy and the screen of the multimedia system were placed in one case.
The SUV will be offered with a hybrid installation (apparently, without the possibility of charging from the mains), it will include a 2.0 petrol naturally aspirated engine (136 hp) and an electric motor. There will most likely be no all-wheel drive version.
The full premiere of Wuling Xingyun/Nebula should be held soon. The company has not yet announced export plans. Meanwhile, subsequently, the new SUV may well turn into a Chevrolet model for poor markets. Recall that GM often “borrows” cars from a joint venture with SAIC. For example, the current Chevrolet Captiva SUV is a Baojun 530 clone (the Baojun brand is also part of the joint venture), and the Chevrolet N400 van is a Wuling Hongguang V with a bow tie. Finally, the new Chevrolet Aveo is also the fruit of the work of the American-Chinese joint venture (such an Aveo should have a brother under the Wuling brand).