Should Baojun actually make a pickup truck version of the Yep EV?
Remember when Baojun revealed a Jimny-sized EV SUV called the Yep? Well, after launching it three months ago, the automaker appears to have plans to build a mini pickup truck version of the high-riding EV - and it looks like a modern-day version of the classic Suzuki Samurai pickup.
Just recently, the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture released digital renderings of a pickup truck version of the Yep. While it still comes with the signature boxy design, it now gets a bed at the back and a full-size rear-mounted spare tire. And speaking of tires, the road tires have been replaced with chunky off-road ones which give the vehicle a more discerning appearance.
Even the ground clearance appears to have been increased in order to give the pickup style EV manage rough terrain with ease. In addition, the overhangs are short which should allow it to go over steep gradients without a hitch. Last but not least, the electric pickup can come in a wide variety of bright colors along with an optional white roof which makes it stand out from the rest.
The exact powertrain specifications of the pickup were not revealed by Baojun. But should it actually go into production, the EV pickup will likely have the same electric drivetrain as its SUV sibling. That means a single electric motor that’s rated to produce 68 PS with 140 Nm of torque and the ability to reach a top speed of 100 km/h.
An AWD version will most likely be in the cards as well to give it added capability and faster acceleration. When it comes to range, the pickup may also be capable of covering 303 km on a full charge just like the SUV version.
Baojun is still studying the feasibility of making a pickup truck version of its cute and boxy EV, but by the looks of it, it would not be such a bad idea. If they make one, it will surely attract buyers who want a Jimny-sized pickup without the guilt of carbon emissions.