You would be surprised to see the kind of new-age vehicles being offered by Chinese auto giants.
A prominent Indian vlogger gives a walkaround tour of the 2023 Dongfeng Mengshki M-Hero 917. Rajni Chaudhary is a popular automobile on YouTube. She has been uploading videos of interesting automobiles from her recent trip to Indonesia for the Auto Show. The aim is to make Indian audiences aware of what’s happening around the globe in our glorious industry. This time around, she reviews a unique EV with over 1,000 hp. There is an IC engine with electric motors on this SUV. This Chinese EV could be a worthy rival to the iconic Hummer EV. That speaks volumes about its capabilities. Here are the details.
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Dongfeng Mengshki M-Hero 917
The overall road presence of this SUV is unlike anything else you’ll see all week. The rugged exterior includes a striking LED DRL unit in the LED headlamp cluster, a compact grille, a sturdy bumper built to protect the SUV, a hood scoop with air intakes, an indestructible skid plate, etc. On the sides, there are ginormous 20-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres, black side pillars and ORVMs, exposed door hinges for a raw appearance, side steps to enhance the ingress and egress characteristics, colossal square wheel arches with black cladding, flush-fitting door handles, body graphics on door panels, etc. At the rear, there are vertical LED taillamps, a shark fin antenna, a bootlid-mounted compartment which is made to look like a spare tyre but is just a place to store things, a solid rear bumper and a side-opening boot. It certainly looks like a battle tank.
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Interior and Features
The inside of this impressive SUV is extremely luxurious and opulent. This starts with door panels with unique door handles which look like guns, memory seat functions, soft-touch materials, premium Nappa leather for upholstery, wooden inlays, 18-speaker premium music system, leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, drive modes, a giant digital instrument cluster, a gigantic infotainment system, a third screen for the passenger, textured dashboard, seat ventilation for all seats, wireless smartphone connectivity, dual-pane sunroof, ambient lighting, sensor to detect your eyes to know when the driver is sleepy, wireless charging, aeroplane cockpit-inspired levers to operate various functions, folding tray for rear passengers, screen integrated into the rear seat with armrests and more. The cabin is ultra-luxurious.
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This ginormous SUV is an EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle). Essentially, there is a 1.5-litre engine which solely powers the gigantic 140 kWh NMC battery from CATL with an electric range of 505 km. There are 4 electric motors (one for each wheel), generating a mad 1,088 hp and 1,400 Nm of peak power and torque. It is a hardcore 4×4 with all the off-road hardware. It is around 5 m in length and has a wheelbase of around 3 m. The ground clearance is a handy 235 mm and there is air suspension to ensure the utmost comfort of the passengers on any terrain. It retails for approximately Rs 85 lakh in the Indonesian market (after INR conversion). We are glad to experience it in the digital realm. And before you ask, it is not coming to India.
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