It is clear that convertibles have become increasingly rare in recent years. A trend that is manifesting itself while the automotive market is still showing great momentum, partly due to the increase in sales of electric models.
Manufacturers and customers in particular prefer to turn to more practical and ecological vehicles to the detriment of the fun aspect. A page on which convertibles have built their reputation. Certainly many have abandoned this type of design, but in Asia, more precisely in China, the Shanghai Show was an opportunity for Wuling to prove that convertible cars still have a future.
A convertible version of the Wuling Mini EV
In fact, the manufacturer used the event to unveil a convertible version of the Mini EV, which is now considered the most marketed electric car in the world. As a reminder: In China alone, the vehicle sold more than 25,700 units in January.
That is more than 4,000 units more than the Tesla Model 3 in the same period. The Wuling Mini EV Convertible obviously inherits the lines and characteristics of the original model. The main difference is that it doesn’t have a roof.
The Wuling Mini EV Convertible obviously inherits the lines and characteristics of the original model. Photo credit: YouTube screenshot
Faster than the Citroën Ami
Like the Mini EV, this convertible version is characterized above all by its small size. It’s 2.92 meters long, a far cry from Elon Musk’s Model 3, which is nearly 4.7 meters long. Its design makes the Mini EV Convertible a potential rival to the new Citroën Ami. With a length of only 2.4 meters, the latter is undoubtedly one of the shortest city cars in the world.
This convertible version is characterized above all by its small size. Photo credit: YouTube screenshot
However, the new Chinese electric convertible promises more efficiency. If both have a fully electric motor, the Mini EV Cabrio can start at 99 km / h, unlike the Citroën model, whose speed is limited to 50 km / h.
A vehicle reserved for China?
In terms of marketing, Wuling appears to be focused only on the Chinese market. A possible introduction of this convertible model in Europe was not mentioned.
In that case, prices in the old continent could be higher given Europe’s demands for safety and comfort, to name a few.