Wuling Motor is a Chinese car company that was established 14 years ago. The car company is headquartered in Liuzhou. In the automotive market, Wuling Motor’s strategy is to focus on producing low-cost vehicles for transport people and goods. These are simple and inexpensive car models. However, Wuling Motor has entered the premium car segment with the launch of a new SUV model.
On youtube channel Wheelsboy recently posted a video about this new SUV. That is the Wuling Asta, the luxury SUV of Wuling Motor for the Chinese market. The high-riding people carrier wears the brand’s silver badge instead of the red badge seen on the cheaper models, signaling the Asta’s more premium aspirations. With a price range between RMB 69,800 and RMB 99,800 (approximately $10,800 to $15,400), it’s certainly not expensive, though.
In the video, the SUV is described as with no sloped roofline, which makes it look a little boxy. However, the two-tone exterior builds a more modern overall appearance. One thing worth pointing out at the back is the lack of any visible exhaust pipes, making the crossover look like an electric vehicle.
Under the hood, the new SUV is powered by a General Motors-sourced 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. In fact, Wuling is part of a joint venture with SAIC Motor and General Motors, which easily explains the origins of the combustion engine. In the new Asta, the four-cylinder unit with 145 horsepower (108 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters of torque) is mated to a CVT gearbox.
In addition, the video does not talk about the parameters of the vehicle’s acceleration. Currently, the manufacturer does not give official numbers about the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint. Even so, the interior feels pretty cool for such a cheap vehicle.
Source: Wheelsboy on YouTube, motor1