There's A Brand-New MPV Coming To Fight The Honda Odyssey

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But it's from a brand you've never heard of.

General Motors produces plenty of cars for the domestic market, many of which are household names like the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Sierra. What you may not know is that GM also has an interest in lesser-known brands in markets abroad. One such brand is Wuling, based in China. This is a relatively new automaker, but it has big plans. As part of its plan to expand globally, Wuling has a new MPV called the Victory that has just been launched in China, and it looks very impressive. It's a little unconventional too, with rear doors that open on hinges rather than sliding - something that isn't common for MPVs.

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As the pictures show, even up-and-coming brands have realized that the trend right now is for big grilles, but we have to say that this is one of the most stylish MPVs we've seen in a while, although some Kia Sedona styling cues are evident. That grille also houses the brand's new logo, but this new model is more than just a new offering for the eastern market. This is the car that Wuling hopes will take the brand global.

So what does the Victory offer? Well, it's got a three-row, six-seater layout, a 12.3-inch floating infotainment display, a digital driver info display, and a very sleek center console that ties in with the rest of the cabin's clean lines and features. In the second row, captain's chairs make long journeys a pleasure while a dual-pane panoramic glass sunroof improves the spacious feel of the cabin. This is also the largest sunroof in its segment, so Wuling is definitely out to make a statement.

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Plenty of safety features are thrown in too, with four HD cameras and six radar sensors. Those sensors allow for adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking. You also get six airbags and a PM2.5 air filter with a negative ion generator that keeps the cabin's air as clean as that of a hospital ward. Power comes from a choice of two 1.5-liter turbo-fours making 145 and 174 horsepower respectively.

So what do you think? Is this newcomer good enough to take on favorites like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna? If all goes according to plan for the brand, we may get to find out firsthand soon enough.

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