Chinese automotive manufacturer SAIC-GM-Wuling has recently unveiled the Baojun Yep Plus in China, a new addition to their electric vehicle lineup. This model, which builds on the design of the three-door Yep eSUV, features a larger five-door configuration.

The Yep Plus is characterized by its robust, boxy design, reminiscent of the Land Rover Defender, and is expected to launch in India, posing competition to the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny electric SUV.

Design and Features

The Baojun Yep Plus showcases a striking aesthetic with four LED light stripes at each front end and a high-gloss black grille, coupled with a rugged front bumper accented with grey elements.

Its side profile is enhanced by chunky body cladding and squarish wheel arches, alongside a unique body-colored panel between the C and D pillars. The vehicle measures 3,996 mm in length, 1,760 mm in width, and 1,726 mm in height, with a 2,560 mm wheelbase.

Interior and Comfort

Inside, the Yep Plus mirrors the smaller Yep eSUV with a spacious, well-appointed cabin featuring a dual-tone color scheme and premium materials. The interior boasts soft-touch plastics, contrasting white stitching, a 10.1-inch center infotainment screen, and an 8.8-inch instrument display.

It also offers a remarkable 28 storage spaces and a boot capacity of 385 liters, expandable to 1,715 liters with the rear seats folded.

Power and Performance

The Yep Plus is powered by a 75kW (100bhp) electric motor that produces a peak torque of 180 Nm, directing power to the front wheels. It offers four driving modes: Economy+, Economy, Standard, and Sports.

The SUV is equipped with a 41.9kWh battery pack from Guoxuan High-Tech, delivering an impressive range of 401 kilometers on a single charge as per the CLTC cycle. It also supports fast charging, enabling a recharge from 30% to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Pricing and Market Introduction

In China, the Baojun Yep Plus is priced between CNY 93,800 (approximately Rs 10.83 lakh) and CNY 103,800 (around Rs 12 lakh).

There is strong speculation about its launch in India under the MG brand, part-owned by SAIC-GM-Wuling. Rajeev Chaba, MD of MG Motor India, hinted earlier this year at a new EV joining the MG fleet, likely the Yep Plus.

Potential Competition

The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny EV is expected to be a direct competitor once launched in India. Reports suggest that the Jimny EV will feature a 60kWh battery pack and may be part of the eVX EV SUV lineup launching next year.

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