|Also called||Wuling LZW 6381|
Wuling Sunshine (Singapore)
|Designer|| James C. Shyr |
(2010; exterior; 2011; interior)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door, 5- to 8-seater minivan|
|Engine||1.1 L LXA I4 |
1.2 L LAQ I4
|Transmission||5 speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,500 mm (98.4 in)|
|Length||3,860 mm (152.0 in)|
|Width||1,570 mm (61.8 in)|
|Height||1,860 mm (73.2 in)|
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