Wuling launches new Asta crossover in China
Wuling is best known for its pint-sized Hong Guang EV, but the company has now launched a new Asta crossover.
Designed to appeal to China’s “new generation of SUV buyers”, the Asta features a “dynamic wing” front fascia with a prominent grille. The latter is flanked by boomerang-shaped LED position lights, which give the model a little Peugeot side.
Continuing further back, one can see a prominent shoulder line, contrast roof and plastic body cladding. The model also has pronounced rear pillars and slender taillights.
In terms of size, the Asta is 180.9 inches (4,594 mm) long, 71.7 inches (1,820 mm) wide and 68.5 inches (1,740 mm) tall with a wheelbase that s spans 108.3 inches (2,750 mm). This means that the model is approximately the same size as the Chevrolet Equinox.
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While the exterior isn’t too remarkable, the five-seat interior looks like a nice place to hang out as it features a sleek two-tone design along with a standalone 10.25-inch infotainment system. You can also see a digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting system and wood paneling. They’re joined by metallic accents and a massive panoramic sunroof that measures 39.4 inches (1,002 mm) by 31.5 inches (800 mm).
Power is provided by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces a modest 145 PS (108 kW / 147 hp) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. It can be mated to either a manual or continuously variable transmission, and either of them allows the Asta to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 10.6 seconds.
Five different versions are available, and prices start at ¥69,800 ($10,794 / £7,860 / €9,202). Even the high-end variant is affordable as it starts at ¥99,800 ($15,434 / £11,238 / €13,158).