SAIC-GM-Wuling adds Air EV to its product range in China
GM’s SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture expands its electrified portfolio in China with the Wuling Air EV which will be sold along the Wuling Hong Guang MINIEV, Wuling Nano EV and Baojun KiWi EV.
GM’s SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) joint venture has, on December 12, added the all-new Wuling Air EV to its electrified portfolio in China, alongside the Wuling Hong Guang MINIEV, Wuling Nano EV and Baojun KiWi EV.
Four variants, including two- and four-seat versions with an electric range of 300km under CLTC conditions, are on offer in the world’s largest EV market and are priced between RMB 67,800 (Rs 805,000) and RMB 82,800 (Rs 983,000).
The four-seat version is 2974mm long, 1505mm wide and 1631mm high, with a 2010-mm wheelbase. The top variant has a 50-kW drive motor generating 150 Nm of maximum torque, a 10.25-inch dual screen, 360deg panoramic video and the Ling OS connectivity system. It also has 704 litres of trunk space. Forty-five minutes of DC fast charging enables a charge from 30 percent to 80 percent.
In addition, the Air EV comes standard with a driver airbag, Bluetooth, three USB ports, hill start assist, the anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, automatic collision unlocking, auto-lock for driving, tye pressure alarm monitoring and rear reversing radar.
As a strategic product that officially kicked off the globalisation of SGMW’s NEV business, the Wuling Air EV was first launched in Indonesia in August and served as the official car partner for the 2022 G20 Summit that was held in Bali, Indonesia last month.
MG Air EV launch in India in early 2023
MG Motor India, the No. 2 EV player in India after Tata Motors, is gearing up to launch its second passenger electric vehicle around the April-June 2023 timeline.
In India, however, the car will come equipped with dual airbags as standard as per the government regulations. MG Motor India is planning to introduce a derivative of the Wuling Air as its next EV offering in a compact and urban-friendly footprint. The compact EV is likely to be launched in India in the first quarter – April-June 2023 – of the next financial year.
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