The SAIC-GM-Wuling three way partnership has launched a brand new automobile in China beneath the Hong Guang brand, which sells over 4.5 million vehicles yearly within the native market cheekily dubbed the V 1.2L.
It could not have essentially the most interesting identify or seems to be to be frank, however it’s going to lure consumers with its very enticing beginning value of solely RMB 42,900, equal to $6,135 on the present trade charges, which fits as much as RMB 46,900 ($6,707) for the range-topping variant.
Obtainable in three variations, together with a industrial mannequin, it’s powered a tiny 1.2-liter naturally aspirated engine, mated to a five-speed guide transmission. In keeping with the Chinese language automobile maker, the lump is “highly effective” however we wouldn’t take their phrase for it because it solely produces a modest 75 HP (76 PS / 56 kW) and 81 lb-ft (110 Nm) of torque.
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“With excellent stability, energy and gas economic system, it meets the China 6B emission customary”, the corporate defined, including that it encompasses a five-piece leaf spring non-independent rear suspension, moreover the ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (digital brake-force distribution) and electrical energy steering.
It rides on a 112.2 in (2,850 mm) lengthy wheelbase, which matches that of the newest BMW 3-Collection sedan (no comparability between the 2). The carmaker guarantees it may supply as much as 152 cu-ft (4,300 liters) of cargo house, which may be simply accessed from the facet too, with the sliding door that has a width of over 27.5 in (700 mm). Moreover, Wuling stated that the again ground is round 20 p.c decrease than the competitors, which makes the loading and unloading of enormous/heavy cargo simpler.
Wuling Hong Guang additionally made some extent to notice that it prototype fashions coated 24,855 miles (40,000 km) of “complete highway assessments” in excessive chilly and warmth.