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Dongfeng kicks off "Warrior" brand with two 1,000-hp 4WD concepts

Dongfeng kicks off "Warrior" brand with two 1,000-hp 4WD concepts
Um, that's a Chinese electric 4WD
Um, that's a Chinese electric 4WD
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Um, that's a Chinese electric 4WD
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Um, that's a Chinese electric 4WD
A brutish and military-inspired design concept
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A brutish and military-inspired design concept
Mengshi's ultra-high performance, everything-by-wire, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering skateboard chassis
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Mengshi's ultra-high performance, everything-by-wire, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering skateboard chassis
The M-Terrain S has a cool looking slanted back, and a smaller luggage capacity as a result
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The M-Terrain S has a cool looking slanted back, and a smaller luggage capacity as a result
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China's third-largest automaker Dongfeng has fired up a luxury off-road brand called Mengshi (Warrior), and launched it with a pair of tricked-out, military-inspired, thousand-horsepower 4WD concepts that look, well ... about as Chinese as apple pie.

Committing to get at least one model a year onto the market starting in 2023, out of a 485-acre factory that's already under construction, Mengshi showed off the new and forward-looking skateboard chassis that'll underpin its initial vehicles. The underfloor battery holds up to 140 kWh, for a "cruising range" around 500 km (310 miles), but these will also be built in range-extended plug-in hybrid versions with range figures up to 800 km (497 miles).

This chassis is fully steer-by wire and brake-by-wire, taking nothing but electronic signals from the controls in the cabin. This is because Mengshi plans to make its cars run autonomously as soon as possible. Which will be a bit of a pity, since four motors totaling 800 kW (1,073 hp) and somewhere over 16,000 Nm (11,800 lb-ft) of torque will probably be better appreciated by a human driver than a robot with scant idea of just how wild that is.

Mengshi's ultra-high performance, everything-by-wire, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering skateboard chassis
Mengshi's ultra-high performance, everything-by-wire, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering skateboard chassis

Acceleration-wise, you can expect these cars to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 4.2 seconds, which is a bit of a sad result, clearly dragged down by their ~3,500-kg (7,700-lb) weight. Mind you, the thousand-pony GMC Hummer EV is reportedly hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.3 seconds, and it's a couple thousand pounds heavier, so we're not sure Mengshi has much of an excuse here.

One other notable perk to this chassis is rear wheel steering-by-wire, which helps give these cars a reasonably tight 5.1-m (16.7-ft) turning circle. This system also enables low-speed sideways "crab walking," as well as the ability to steer the rear wheels into a skid in a loss of traction scenario. There's multiple electronic "diff locks," as well as electronically controlled long-travel air suspension, and intelligent "road recognition" systems incorporating regular and night-vision cameras, to feed a level 3 autonomous driving system.

The M-Terrain concept SUV, which Autohome describes as "highly close to mass production," looks every bit as aggressively outsized and fighty as anything out of Detroit. Probably more, in fact, you've probably got to look as far as California or Florida to find designs drenched in this much testosterone. The M-Terrain S takes things up a notch with a jeepy sort of pickup design that sacrifices storage space for a tough-looking and otherwise less useful fastback/pickup shape.

The M-Terrain S has a cool looking slanted back, and a smaller luggage capacity as a result
The M-Terrain S has a cool looking slanted back, and a smaller luggage capacity as a result

Some version of this thing will hit the streets in 2023, and Mengshi expects the brand to be a success, since it's building out its factory on the assumption that it'll pump out at least 100,000 vehicles a year. Yee haw.

Source: Autohome

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7 comments
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asninsp
An extremely ugly vehicle which will most likely be bought by extremely ugly people
WB
typical rising sun mediocracy. To get that little range out of such a huge battery pack is quite frankly an embarrassment, as is the super ultra slow acceleration - I mean there's just no excuse to have such underwhelming stats.. any fiat pinto is faster than this..
TpPa
Oh ya the pinto is much faster, it you hit it just right in the rear end it has rocket assist
claudio
@WB you call "0-100 km/h (62 mph) in around 4.2 seconds" super ultra slow acceleration? Which planet are you from? This is a VERY quick (and BTW absolutely useless) gain of speed.
On the other hand, the 3,500-kg (7,700-lb) weight is simply ridiculous, seems like an armored army vehicle... uhmmm, wait a moment
;-)
bwana4swahili
Love the look of this beastie!
ljaques
Not pretty, but kinda mean looking. And with commas in the HP and torque figures, it earned it.
I love the tight turning radius, and can imagine this thing driving up to the curb, circling 3 times within its length, and settling down for the night.
Those protruding lights look like targets to the unwashed.
WHY does it look like the body of this mean mutha is sitting scant inches from the ground?
Daishi
People underestimate the market for vehicles that don't look like everything else.