First pictures of Dongfeng’s extreme off-road M-Hunter

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A few days ago we brought you the first information about the M-Hunter hard-core off road vehicle from Dongfeng. We now have some actual pictures and a whole lot more information about it ahead of next week’s unveiling at the Beijing Auto Show.

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Said to be priced at over a million yuan (138,150 USD), if you need to ask you can’t afford it, the car goes all out on materials to provide the ultimate off-road car. It sits as part of Dongfeng’s M-Hero range, Mengshi in Chinese. That brand has its roots in the civilian version of China’s military ‘Hummer’ vehicle.

Echoing those roots the M-Hunter is meant to be equipped with a variety of military-grade black technology and aviation-grade carbon fiber materials. The aim is to produce a mass-produced off-roader for sales to private collectors of extreme performance vehicles.

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Style wise it channels the look of the M-Hero 917 launched last year. Obviously from the pictures the M-Hunter is very much cut down to bare bones being nothing much more than a roll cage on wheels. Inside there are two bucket shaped sports seats although interestingly these seem to be electrically adjustable – judging from controls seen at the bottom of the seat. There are no rear seats with the space given over to two spare off-road tires.

At the front the M-Hunter has X shaped LED daytime running lights defining the headlights and there is also a luminous M brand logo. The front bumper features a steel guard bar and there are two red tow hooks. Underneath the plate is a T-Max EW12500 winch good for loads of up to 12,500 lbs (nearly 5,700 kg). The roof gains a storage rack and LED searchlights.

To reduce weight while increasing strength the M-Hunter has a tubular body structure. Rather than proper doors there are merely body guards. The wheels closed off low-drag styling is paired with professional off-road tires.

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At the rear there are narrow tail lights another luminous brand logo along with another red tow hook.

When launched the M-Hunter will be the brand’s second EV. Fast Technology expect the car to have a three motor system with ultra-high torque.

Currently it is unclear whether the M-Hunter is fully electric or will be an extended range EV (EREV). The M-Hero 917 is available as both and the BEV has a 505 km CLTC range, while the EREV has a 1,032 km combined range. The EREV M-Hero 917 has three electric motors with 600 kW (816 hp) and so if Fast Technology is correct the M-Hunter may well have a similar setup. However the all EV M-Hero 917 has a four motor setup which might well make more sense for such as an extreme off-roader as the M-Hunter.

Source: Fast Technology

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