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Would you drive in this Chinese station wagon?

Wuling, a Chinese manufacturer, has designed an estate version of its plug-in hybrid sedan Starlight, and the idea of putting it into production is quite appealing.

Wuling is a Chinese manufacturer associated with MG’s current owners, Saic, as well as American giant General Motors. Together, they have recently envisioned an estate version of the newly unveiled sedan, the Starlight. And although it is still in the planning stage, this large trunk variant is not only visually appealing but also technically attractive.

A Starlight station wagon even sexier than the sedan

Like any station wagon that also has a sedan version, this Starlight with a large trunk shares much of its style, both interior and exterior, with its twin with a notchback body. Front end, light signature, rear bumper… all these elements are identical on both cars. Ultimately, only the trunk changes. A trunk with a loading volume that promises to be substantial, as the sedan already reaches 540 liters! This space can also be enlarged with a roof box. The station wagon is more desirable than the sedan, and its interior is equally impressive. Rear passengers have ample space thanks to a wheelbase of 2.8 m. The occupants of the first row will benefit from large screens, with the digital instrument cluster reaching a diagonal of 8.8 inches and that of the central panel going up to 15.6 inches.

2 plug-in hybrid versions and maybe even an electric one!

The Starlight station wagon is available to order in China and exists in two different plug-in hybrid versions. Both share the same thermal part, which is a 1.5-liter atmospheric unit serving as a generator. They also develop the same power of 130 kW (177 hp) and 320 Nm. The only difference between the two versions is the size of their battery. One has a 9.5 kWh storage unit to travel around seventy kilometers completely electric, while the other reaches 20.5 kWh and displays a maximum electric range of 150 km. With their 53 l tank, these two PHEV variants claim more than 1,100 km of total autonomy once full of ions and fuel. There is also a 100% electric variant of the Starlight with a slightly different front. Unfortunately, this station wagon currently does not exist, and even if it were to be produced, it would likely be limited to the borders of the Chinese market.

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