A competitor of Chinese automaker Dongfeng for the GMC Hummer EV has become famous.
The photo, published in the Chinese outlet Sohu, shows a square and aggressive SUV with sturdy details like off-road tires and an external staircase.
There is a trapezoidal radiator grille, while the headlight cutouts have a sloping top border to give the SUV a menacing look.
Car News China reports that it will use a new specialized electric vehicle architecture, but will also offer the option of powertrains that extend the range.
It is expected to be called Mengshi or Warrior (its English translation), like the Dongfeng military machine inspired by Humvee, the Warrior M50, whose style pays homage.
Dongfeng recently created a Warrior account on Chinese social networking site Weibo, and it is reported that the new car may be called the M20.
Citing domestic documents, Car News China reports that Dongfeng is reported to introduce three vehicles on the new EV platform, with the first codenamed M18-1 to be launched in 2023. At least one of them is reported to be a pickup truck.
Reports from China indicate that the M18-1 will have a battery capacity of 140 kW / h, power consumption of 26 kW / h / 100 km and a range of 500 km – probably with more generous CLTC or NEDC test cycles.
It is reported that the powerful SUV will produce 800 kW of power, which will accelerate from 0-100 km / h in less than five seconds.
The GMC Hummer EV produces up to 745 kW in the 1st Edition, also boasts less than 4.0 seconds of acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h and uses a battery with a capacity of 200 kW / h.
It is reported that it will have a length of 5.2 m, or about 25 mm longer than the Nissan Patrol.
As a twist for the larger EV, where battery packs can increase volume, previous reports have indicated that the first of the Warrior EVs will weigh 3,100 kg, which is 380 kg less than the Warrior M50. It’s also almost a ton less than the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.
Production will be carried out at the new 485-acre plant, which Dongfeng launched early in January and which, according to the company, will have an annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles.
Some reports from China suggest that Dongfeng may also be working on a petrol-powered SUV and possibly with a V8, as a competitor to the larger cars in the Great Wall Motors Tank brand line.
It is possible that the leaked image of such a model, given the lack of information coming from Dongfeng.
Enthusiasm for SUVs has truly swept China, which loves sedans, and Dongfeng has become the last automaker to introduce a brand of durable SUV after the Great Wall Motors (Tank).
The Chery Jetour brand is also planning a line of rugged SUVs under the T-Series nameplate.
The state-owned company Dongfeng is considered one of the Chinese automakers of the “Big Four” along with Changan, FAW Group and SAIC Motor, the latter being the parent company of MG and LDV among other brands.
It has a joint venture with Nissan – Dongfeng Nissan, which produces the Rich 6 EV based on Navara – as well as Honda (Dongfeng Honda) and Stellantis (Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen).
The Dongfeng Renault joint venture was liquidated in 2020, and when Korean car sales in China declined, Dongfeng sold its stake in the Dongfeng Yueda Kia joint venture in late 2021.