Baojun YEP Displayed at 2023 Thai Motor Expo

Baojun Yep, a small electric off-roader from China, made its debut appearance at the ongoing 2023 Thailand Motor Expo, which runs from November 30th to December 11th, 2023.

Baojun Yep is being offered by Wuling which already sells the Air EV in Thailand, both companies being members of the SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) family which also owns the MG brand. Baojun brand, however, was developed in collaboration between SAIC and GM (General Motors) in China.

Baojun YEP

Yep, which made its debut in China earlier this year, followed by the unveiling of its pickup iteration is making its appearance outside of the Chinese market for the first time. The mini off-roader measures 3,381 mm long, 1,685 mm wide, and 1,721 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,110 mm. The dimensions are very similar to the 3-door Suzuki Jimny which measures 3,395/1,475/1,725 mm and has a 2,250 mm wheelbase.

It comes equipped with an electric motor good for 50 kW (68hp) of power and 140 Nm of torque and can reach a maximum speed of 100 km/hour. With a battery capacity of 28.1 kWh, it can drive for a maximum distance of 303 kilometers when fully charged (according to CLTC standards) and also supports DC fast charging.

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Inside, the cabin has been created with modernity in mind. A twin 10.25-inch screen setup is installed that acts as a driving information display as well as an infotainment system, while the console is made to allow for the installation of additional accessories based on usage. The company hasn’t announced the pricing or the launch timeline for Thailand, rather it has exhibited the Yep to gauge the public interest of Thai consumers.

Related: Wuling Unveils Baojun Yep EV Pickup Truck

The Baojun Yep is seen as an ideal alternative to the gasoline-powered Suzuki Jimny. With Japanese automakers starting to lose ground in key markets, Chinese automakers are quickly taking advantage of the void left by the lack of competitive Japanese vehicles. While failing to embrace electrification Japanese cars are losing a fair share of the market as the world is moving towards banning the sales of internal combustion engines. For example, Suzuki had all the opportunity with the Jimny, but instead of electrifying it, the Jimny got banned from sale in Europe due to poor emissions.

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