Spy Shots: facelifted Wuling Hongguang MPV naked in China
Published on January 29, 2013 by Joey Wang
The best spy shots so far of the facelifted Wuling Hongguang mini-MPV, it will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the Chinese car market not long after that. The Wuling Hongguang is made by the SAIC-GM-Wuling, a a joint venture between SAIC Motor, General Motors, and Wuling Motors. This is the very joint venture GM likes to use to shore up its China-sales numbers, even though it only owns one third of the shares.
The current Wuling Hongguang. Price starts at 44.800 yuan and ends at 60.800 yuan. Engines: 86hp 1.2 and a 102hp 1.4. The latter will not return in the facelifted Hongguang, it will be replaced by a new and stronger 111hp 1.5. Price will remain about the same.
Facelift includes a new grille, new fog lights, new bumpers, a new rear door, new wing above rear door, new chrome strips under the windows, new rear lights, and new alloys. Almost a new car. Wuling needs to change & improve because competition in the segment is heating up. Only three years ago Wuling basically had the market for itself. Now coming: Beijing Auto Weiwang MPV, Dongfeng mini-MPV, and the Yema A-MPV.
The interior has been improved a lot as well. This is the new dash with completely redesigned dials and a new center console. Touch screens are now penetrating the mini-MPV segment! Compare: