SAIC-GM-Wuling introduces small EV Baojun Yunduo
The joint venture SAIC-GM-Wuling is launching another affordable electric model on the Chinese market. The Baojun Yunduo is a 4.30-metre-long compact electric car that costs only 12,100 euros and is intended to compete with the BYD Dolphin and VW ID.3.
Yunduo means “cloud” in Chinese and is offered on the Chinese market from 95,800 yuan, which currently corresponds to about 12,100 euros. The Baojun model measures 4,295 x 1,850 x 1,652 mm with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. It is thus similar in size to the BYD and VW models mentioned above.
The EV has an output of up to 100 kW and will be available with LFP batteries in two variants (37.9 kWh and 50.6 kWh). SAIC-GM-Wuling states a range of 360 or 460 kilometres according to Chinese standards. By comparison, the BYD Dolphin has slightly larger batteries – 45 or 60 kWh. The same applies to the VW ID.3 with 45, 58 or 77 kWh. However, the SAIC-GM-Wuling model is the cheapest of the three. The BYD Dolphin currently starts at 116,800 yuan in China, and the VW ID.3 at 125,900 yuan.
The Baojun Yunduo will be available in four versions with starting prices of 95,800, 103,800, 115,800 and 123,800 yuan (i.e. the equivalent of about 12,100 to 15,400 euros). The manufacturer also plans to offer a fifth version, yet to be priced, with its self-developed Lingxi intelligent driving system.
In April 2023, the China joint venture of General Motors, SAIC and Wuling – best known for the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV – launched the new Wuling Binguo. At just under four metres, the Binguo is significantly larger than the popular electric Flea, which is only 2.92 metres long but shorter than the now-announced Yunduo. In all other respects, the Binguo is positioned below the new electric car. For example, the battery is smaller (17.9 or 31.9 kWh), the range is shorter (203 or 333 kilometres according to Chinese standards), and the price is lower (59,800 to 83,800 yuan, equivalent to a price range of 7,970 to 11,170 euros).
SAIC-GM-Wuling is a joint venture between SAIC Group, General Motors and Liuzhou Wuling Motors, based in Liuzhou in the autonomous region of Guangxi Zhuang in southwest China. It sells vehicles based on China’s GSEV (Global Small Electric Vehicle) architecture, including the Mini EV, KiWi EV, Nano EV and Air EV. In parallel, SAIC-GM-Wuling also sells SUVs, MPVs and vans with internal combustion engines.