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

China’s most popular electric vehicle, the Wuling Hongwang Mini Ivy, 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 is immediately noticeable thanks to the round headlights complete with LED daytime running lights and delicate 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 features of the EV include chrome wing mirrors, roof racks and luggage carriers, as well as a modified rear fascia with chrome bumpers. The EV even has a small wooden basket at the tailgate.

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

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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