M-Hero (猛士, Mengshi in Chinese) is a sub-brand under the umbrella of Chinese state-owned auto giant Dongfeng. The M-Hero 917 hardcore off-road electric SUV is the latest product offered in the lineup which was just introduced in August. So far the M-Hero vehicles were only sold in China but now according to the latest reports, Dongfeng is preparing to introduce the M-Hero 917 SUV in export markets.
Two different teams have been deployed: one focusing on adaptability testing for the European markets and the second for testing in the Middle East. About EU market testing, Dongfeng said explicitly that it intends to concentrate on Germany, France, Sweden, and Norway while in the Middle East, it would initially focus on the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.
Talking about the vehicle, the M-Hero 917 rides on Dongfeng’s new M-Tech platform and measures 4,987/2,080/1,935 mm with a wheelbase of 2,950 mm. It comes as BEV and EREV and packs over 1,000 horsepower, a massive CATL battery, and genuine hardcore offroading capabilities.
The pure EV variant of M-Hero 917 has four electric motors and a peak power of 800 kW (1,088 hp). It can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. The e-motors are powered by a massive 142.7 kWh ternary (NMC) battery from CATL and the quad motor’s output leads to a maximum driving range of 505 km (CLTC).
The EREV (range extender) version has three electric motors for 600 kW (816 hp). As for the ICE, it is a 1.5L turbocharged engine with 197 hp. Since it is an EREV, it doesn’t transfer torque to the wheels, rather it acts like a generator just to charge the battery. It has a 65.8 kWh NMC pack from CATL, and the combined range reaches 1,032 km (CLTC) with a full 85L tank.
Together with its striking performance numbers, the M-Hero 917 has an extremely outstanding exterior and interior design. It also has a rich set of features and equipment and is expected to spark a lot of interest among buyers in overseas markets. According to Dongfeng, the trials should conclude by March 2024, and exports to global markets will commence thereafter.
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