According to Autohome, the micro electric two-door is slated to hit showrooms in 2022 and (at least initially) will be sold exclusively in China. Aesthetically, the production vehicle is unlikely to change dramatically from its concept form.
In January, CarAdvice reported a hard-top variant of the Hongguang Mini EV – designed and built as part of a collaboration between SAIC and General Motors – outsold the Tesla Model 3 in China throughout January 2021, thanks in part to its impressive AU$5700 price tag.
The compact zero-emission hatchback reportedly weighs just 665kg. A single electric motor sends 13kW to the rear wheels, and voltage is drawn from a 9.2kWh lithium-polymer battery, permitting a claimed range of 120km. It's highly likely the Cabrio will share the fixed-roof model's same powertrain.
Standard features in China reportedly include air conditioning, rear parking sensors, anti-lock brakes, and a stereo system.
Latvian-based armoured vehicle manufacturer Dartz last year confirmed it had signed an agreement to import the electric micro car to Europe. However, there are currently no plans to sell the vehicle in Australia.