Best of all, it's entering production.
There are some weird and wonderful concepts on display at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, ranging from the stunning Lincoln Zephyr Reflection to the Hongqi L-Concept, a luxury limousine with no steering wheel and a chandelier inside the cabin. Now, China's Wuling, formed as part of a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor, has unveiled the adorable Mini EV Cabrio concept. It's based on the fixed-roof MINIEV, which is one of the most affordable electric cars in the world with a price tag of 28,800 yuan ($4,460).
Thanks to its affordable entry price, the Mini EV is already outselling the Tesla Model 3 in China, with 112,000 units sold between July and the end of 2020.
While the fixed-roof Mini EV offers room for up to four occupants despite its tiny size, the rear seats have been removed in its topless sibling to accommodate a folding fabric roof. The concept presented at the show features a two-tone exterior finished in Island Blue with a Sunset Red top and rides on larger six-spoke wheels.
The headlights have also been replaced with stylish LEDs. Inside, the interior features a multifunctional steering wheel with colored accents and a ten-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, which is twice as large as the screen you get in the Mini EV.
No details have been released about the powertrain, but the fixed-roof Mini EV has a range of up to 74 miles on a single charge and will hit a top speed of 62 mph. While the Mini EV Cabrio is a concept, General Motors has confirmed the cute convertible will enter production in 2022.
When it goes on sale, this will be GM's smallest convertible by a significant margin: the regular Mini EV is 118 inches long and 59 inches wide. Potentially, it could also be sold outside of China as Wuling is planning to sell the regular Mini EV in Europe, but has no plans to bring it to America since it's too small to appeal to the US market.