A few weeks ago, Baojun, a Chinese carmaker which belongs to the SAIC group, showcased the Yep three-door electric SUV. Based on the platform of Wuling Air that’s sold in India as MG Comet EV, the Baojun Yep has now received a long-wheelbase version named Baojun Yep Plus, which is essentially the five-door version of the Yep electric SUV with a 450mm longer wheelbase. Rumours are floating that MG, which is also a part of the SAIC group, is planning to bring the Yep Plus to Indian shores this year.
Compared to the 3.4-metre-long three-door Yep electric SUV, the new Baojun Yep Plus measures 600mm longer due to the stretched wheelbase and two additional doors, which make it look more conventional with its five-door layout. The width and height of the Baojun Yep Plus are also more than those of the three-door Yep, with the former being 75mm wider and 5mm taller in comparison.
Apart from these changes, the new Yep Plus looks much like the Baojun Yep showcased a few weeks ago, though with minor changes. The new Baojun Yep Plus looks mildly inspired by the Land Rover Defender and gets blacked-out C-pillars and new alloy wheels over the three-door Yep. The Baojun Yep Plus also gets Porsche-inspired all-LED headlamps and slab-sided styling inspired by off-roaders like Jimny and Defender.
Compared to the smaller Yep three-door, the new Baojun Yep Plus five-door electric SUV will get a larger battery. Currently, the Yep three-door has gone on sale in some markets with a 28.1kWh battery pack, which claims the CLTC-claimed 303 km range. While Baojun hasn’t revealed the specifications of the battery, it claims that the Yep Plus returns a maximum range of 401 km on the CLTC cycle. The Baojun Yep Plus gets a rear-mounted 102 bhp electric motor, which enables this electric SUV to attain a top speed of 150 kmph.
The overall specifications and design of the Baojun Yep Plus are very different from the MG Comet EV sold in India. However, both electric vehicles share the basic electric architecture, which is expected to expand more within the SAIC lineup of brands with newer models. It is reported that MG is contemplating bringing the Yep Plus to the Indian market this year, making it a unique, all-electric alternative to compact SUVs like Maruti Suzuki Jimny and Mahindra Thar.
However, it is to be noted that MG has already trademarked the design of the three-door Yep in India in mid-2023. It is believed that MG might also bring a new three-door electric SUV based on the Yep, which will be positioned above the Comet EV and will go against the newly launched Tata Punch EV and Citroen eC3.
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