Not a concept: Dongfeng’s M-Hunter hard-core SUV to debut at Auto China 2024, set for mass production

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M-Hero revealed pictures of the upcoming M-Hunter extreme SUV before its debut at Auto China 2024 in Beijing next week. The company teased the electric car as a super-luxurious SUV for global off-road enthusiasts.

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M-Hero is a brand under state-owned Dongfeng that focuses on opulent electric SUVs. It is nicknamed China’s Hummer because M-Hero started to gain popularity by launching civilian versions of military vehicles – mainly the M50 ICE pickup truck. M-Hunter will be its second electric car after the M-Hero 917, launched in August of last year with 1,088 horsepower.

917 is available as a BEV and EREV. The BEV has a 505 km CLTC range, while the EREV has a 1,032 combined range and starts at 637,700 yuan (88,000 USD). The BEV version has an NMC battery from CATL with a capacity of 140 kWh. Despite the massive curb weight of 3,293 kg, the 800 kW of power motors provide 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.2 seconds.

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The EREV version has 600 kW (816 horsepower) motors mated with 1.5 liter ICE, which is not connected to the wheels and works as a power generator for the battery. The battery is again from CATl, but capacity is reduced to 66 kWh.

The 917 is set for global markets and launch in the Middle East and European Union. The car landed in Switzerland in early April, and test drives were conducted in Czechia.

Dongfeng announced that the M-Hunter is not a concept but will make it to mass production, and the car can be seen since April 25 in Beijing in hall W1. It will also not be a cheap car, with a price of over 1 million yuan (140,000 USD), the M-Hunter will compete with Hummer EV and BYD’s YangWang U8.

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Editor’s comment

It will be interesting to see the real car next week because the released pictures are computer-generated renderings. Also, the production version will need some homologation-wise adjustments. We will keep an eye on it.

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