Seven-seater Wuling Almaz will make public debut at 2019 GIIAS and it has third-row bench seating arrangement with cosmetic updates at the rear
As part of celebrating two years in the country, Wuling Motors Indonesia has unveiled the seven-seater version of its Almaz premium SUV to the media. It will be sold in multiple variants, unlike the single-trim five-seater Almaz offering. At a press conference in the opening day of the 2019 GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show), Wuling will introduce the three variants of the seven-seater SUV.
The entry-level manual variant will reportedly cost as low as 260 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs. 12.66 lakh approximately). If it turns out to be true, it will be cheaper than the five-seater Almaz interestingly. The range-topping Lux+ CVT could be priced at 332 million (Rs. 16.12 lakh) Indonesian Rupiah.
The mid-spec CVT will likely cost 270 million (Rs. 13.15 lakh) – all prices, on-road Jakarta. The addition of the third-row bench seats for two passengers is accompanied by the presence of WIND or Wuling Indonesian Command that allows for voice commands by understanding native Indonesian language.
It is embedded in the 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. In the archipelago, the three-row Wuling Almaz uses the same 1.5-litre turbocharged engine producing 140 horsepower and 250 Nm and is mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. No cosmetic changes can be seen on the front and side of the SUV while the rear gets new bumper and muffler replicating the MG Hector.
The interior does get its subtle added details as well. The second-row bench seat has one-touch tumble mechanism for access to the rear and it can be aligned back and forth to allow for more room at the back. The final row bench has 50:50 split and it is levelled to the floor when folded. The air con for the third row is on the sides instead of the roof.
SAIC sells the rebadged Baojun 530 as Wuling Almaz, Chevrolet Captiva and MG Hector internationally. MG Motor made its India debut late last month and is priced aggressively between Rs. 12.18 lakh and Rs. 16.88 lakh (ex-showroom). With many connectivity and segment-first features, the Hector has received more than 12,000 bookings domestically.
Following the introduction of eZS electric SUV this December, MG will launch the seven-seater Hector before April 2020 and it will have several commonalities with the three-row Wuling Almaz.