The Cybertruck Might Not Sell in China, but the Chinese Have the Next Best Thing

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Photo: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology - China
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The Tesla Cybertruck might stay away from Europe and China due to the fact that it does not comply with the current standards regarding safety, dimensions, and weight. But the Chinese are getting the next best thing: the Qiyuan E07 is a futuristic-looking coupe SUV that is actually a pickup.
Based on the CD701 concept car that Changan unveiled in September 2023, the Qiyuan E07 looks like a coupe SUV, but it is every inch a pickup with an elongated rear end, which looks like a tailgate. But what seems to be a tailgate is actually a component that folds down while the rear glass retracts into the roof, revealing a typical pickup bed.

It is obvious that the owners won't be able to carry construction materials in there from Monday to Friday, but it can accommodate their groceries on a Saturday morning.

The vehicle is 199 inches (5,054 millimeters long), 78.5 inches (1,996 millimeters) wide, and 64.5 inches (1,640 millimeters) tall, with a 122.8-inch (3,120-millimeter) wheelbase, figures that position it as a medium-to-large SUV, but a small-to-medium pickup.

The front end is pretty minimalistic, with an LED strip stretching from one side to the other, integrating the headlights. The profile is sleek, sporting flowing lines, while the roofline, with thick roof racks, descends into the faux tailgate that can trick us into believing it is a BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE rival.

The Qiyuan E07 can accommodate up to five occupants and rides on either 20- or 21-inch wheels.

Autonomous driving capabilities are also part of the plan, as the model will be equipped with a LiDAR sensor and several cameras. It will also sport low-orbit satellite communication that will make it able to stay connected at any time, Car News China reports.

Built on Changan's SDA smart electric platform, the pickup truck will be available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive version will be powered by a single motor, mounted on the rear axle and capable of generating 338 horsepower (342 metric horsepower).

The all-wheel drive will come with a dual-motor setup, each motor engaging an axle, for a total system output of 590 horsepower (598 metric horsepower). The top speed for rear-wheel drive SUV/pickup is 125 mph (201 kph), while the four-wheel drive can go as fast as 130 mph (210 kph). This is as far as the documents revealed by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology go with the info on the pickup.

The carmaker keeps the info about the size of the ternary lithium battery pack and range a secret for the moment. We will most likely learn more when the model goes into production. The brand has not set a date for it yet.
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