General Motors’ joint venture in China, SAIC-GM-Wulingwas extremely successful at the sale of small electric cars like Hongguang Wuling Mini EV. But GM’s joint venture is now turning its attention to shortcut with a new EV concept that looks suspiciously familiar to Suzuki Jimnylike China Car News report.
At SGMW’s recent launch of the Baojun KiWi EV 2023, the automaker introduced an unnamed boxy EV with a design that essentially looks like the company has ripped off the body of a car. Suzuki Jimny and place it on top of Baojun KiWi’s frame.
The Baojun KiWi EV itself is similar to the Wuling Mini EV, but costs more and is better equipped as part of the automaker’s premium lineup.
Other report (link in Chinese) shows “KiWi” branding on the EV off road grill, which means it could be a new model in the Baojun KiWi lineup. The EV is said to be built on the same platform as KiWi, but will use two electric motors instead of just one. Each electric motor will generate a minimum of 54 hp for at least 110 HP, Theo China Car News.
Two electric motors indicate this Jimny doppelgänger could come with AWD, but nothing is certain for now. Indeed, the EV could end up with limited off road capability — well, compared to the actual Suzuki Jimny – if it even makes it to market. Everything about this concept is speculative and fuzzy like scene available on YouTube.
But given how well SGMW’s tiny EVs are selling in China, I would say it’s more than likely the automaker is looking to capitalize on current trends with its all-terrain electric vehicle ( ish) of its own.
And, hey, as long as automakers anywhere are keeping two-door models alive in the age of the homogenous all-electric car. beachI’m glad. Baojun plans to show a concept near production-ready in Guangzhou Auto Show in November of this year and will also announce the launch of the all-electric off-road vehicleexpected around the beginning of 2023.