MGs parent company, SAIC, has unveiled the Baojun Yep electric SUV in China, and now they have filed a design patent for the SUV in India. The all-electric SUV is anticipated to be launched in the Indian market by 2025. The Indian version of the Baojun Yep, rebranded under MG, is expected to retain most of its design elements from the China-spec model, with only MG badges added to the front and rear. The SUV will be based on the Global Small Electric Vehicle platform (GSEV), which it shares with the MG Comet EV. Similar to the Comet, the Yep features a retro-themed design, a 3-door layout, and can accommodate four seats. It sports square LED headlights, rugged-looking bumpers, plastic cladding on the lower body, roof rails, bulky wheel arches, and a simple rear end design. The Yep’s dimensions are slightly larger than the Comet, with a length of 3,381mm, width of 1,685mm, height of 1,721mm, and a wheelbase of 2,110mm.
Powering the Baojun Yep SUV is a single electric motor on the rear axle, generating 68hp and 140Nm of torque. Its top speed is limited to 100kph, and it is equipped with a 28.1kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery, providing a range of up to 303km (CLTC). The India-spec model might have different specifications as the battery pack will be locally sourced, following the approach taken with the Comet EV.
The introduction of the Baojun Yep in India as an MG will likely begin after MG India’s second round of investment, which will fund the construction of a second plant in Halol, Gujarat. The launch is expected around 2025, and although it may not face direct competitors at that time, it will compete with models like the Citroen eC3 in the Indian market. While the exact name for the compact electric SUV in India is yet to be announced, it is expected to be priced at a premium over the MG Comet EV. Thanks to MG’s efforts in localizing production with the Comet EV, the Yep is likely to be competitively priced in the Indian market.
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