Should SAIC-GM-Wuling make this retro-themed Hongwang Mini EV?

China’s most popular electric car, the Uling Hongwang Mini EV, has created a dazzling new concept that looks like it was designed in the 1950s.

The new retro-inspired design of the Mini EV drastically changes its appearance, but interestingly, it was not created in a SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture. Instead, it was dreamed up by a third party and shared across social media by the carmaker. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

The front of the concept immediately catches the eye due to the rounded headlights, full LED daytime running lights and subtle body-colored shrouds. The EV is also equipped with an oval grille and has a retro chrome-finished front bumper.

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Elsewhere, the unique Hongwang Mini EV’s two-tone design will undoubtedly catch your eye, as will the aerodynamic wheel cover. Other unique components of the EV include chrome wing mirrors, roof racks and luggage carriers, as well as a modified rear fascia with a chrome bumper. The EV even has a small wooden basket at the tailgate.

The interior of the car has also undergone some changes that sway the same two-tone theme as the exterior and has a large infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard.

While it’s not clear if a Hong Kong Mini EV variant will look like this, SAIC-GM-Wuling has expressed a desire to have fun with the car’s design and has already offered a variety of features. In March, the Mini EV gameboy version began arriving at dealerships, with production of a convertible version set to begin later this year.

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