express’ very own Petrol-Head Robert Barry gives us the inside goss from the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.
China’s largest domestic manufacturer of SUVs, Great Wall Motor (GWM), has unveiled new Adventure Ute, scheduled for a 2020 introduction to NZ.
It will join an urban-specification Ute and a 500km range EV Ute which was unveiled at Auto Shanghai on April 16.
The Adventure adopts GWM’s new tough-truck design, incorporating a single bar front grille, LED headlights and carbon black wheel arches. The rear design of the vehicle also features LED tail lights, as well as an extended sports bar and a tailgate which was especially designed for off-road trail bike enthusiasts.
It will feature a built-in front winch, triple diff locks and a 7-setting all-terrain control system for four-wheel-driving, in addition to a 900mm fording depth.
Great Wall Motor says the Adventure Ute will be produced at its new 1.2 billion dollar Chongqing plant which will also produce the next generation Haval H9 SUV.
Hyundai Motor Company’s luxury brand, Genesis, also revealed the Mint Concept electric vehicle (EV), ahead of the opening of the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
It says the lightweight runabout reimagines the iconic shape of the city car, tailored to the needs of a modern lifestyle. According to Genesis, the Mint Concept is both highly manoeuvrable and exhilarating to drive.
The final design was a collaborative effort led by Genesis Global Advanced Design in Germany, Genesis Design Team in the U.S., and the Namyang Design Centre in South Korea.
Finished in Hunter Green matte paint, the Mint Concept stretches a three-box design to the corners with extremely short front and rear overhangs.
Its versatility extends to its high-density, battery-electric powertrain, which is capable of an estimated 322km per full charge and 350kW fast recharging.