At the auto show in Chengdu, China, the Dongfeng electric super-terrain vehicle M-Terrain was presented. The novelty debuted as a concept close to the series — production will begin next year, and the SUV will be sold under the Mengshi brand. The characteristics are impressive: the Chinese have relied on a four-engine power plant with a capacity of 1088 horsepower and equipped the all-terrain vehicle with an air suspension, a third-level autopilot, and a fully controlled chassis.
Dongfeng Concern brought two electric prototypes to Chengdu at once — a five-door 5.2-meter M-Terrain SUV and its coupe-like counterpart M-Terrain S. In terms of technology, both all-terrain vehicles are identical: the base is a skateboard platform with powerful amplifiers in front, rear and transversely, the power plant is four-engine, the chassis is unified.
Mengshi brand is familiar to the Chinese from army all-terrain vehicles, including licensed copies of the American Hummer H1. Mengshi electric SUVs will retain the outstanding cross—country capability of their predecessors – the four-engine powerplant will allow simulating inter-axle and inter-wheel interlocks, nine driving modes will be provided, and the air suspension is able to adjust the ground clearance in the range of 150 millimeters, and in case of emergency — within 255 millimeters.
Other features of the Mengshi M-Terrain include a semi-autonomous driving system based on a binocular camera, an infrared night vision camera, four corners, and one front radar, as well as a fully controlled chassis (the SUV can even move in “crab mode”, like the GMC Hummer EV).
A basic 1088-horsepower all-terrain vehicle with a 140-kilowatt-hour battery will be able to change the first hundred in 4.2 seconds and drive up to 500 kilometers without recharging. There will also be a more “long-range” version with an autonomy of 800 kilometers – such an SUV has a battery for 65.88 kilowatt-hours and a gasoline engine as an extender.
The Dongfeng electric SUV will go into the series next year. The production of a coupe-like version is not on the agenda yet, but it is known that a number of all-terrain vehicles with different body types and power plants will be released on the same platform.