How wild is Dongfeng Mengshi MS600, a new toy priced from 486,800 yuan?
After update of domestic emission standards, many SUVs have not entered domestic market due to emissions problems, which is why "new product panic" reigns in domestic SUV market. However, precisely because introduction of overseas imported models is difficult, general attention has been refocused on domestic SUV manufacturers: in addition to some hardcore SUVs that are doing well, many thoroughbred SUV models have also appeared. As a brand moving from military to civilian use, Dongfeng Warrior recently released a new civilian model - MS600. The price of new car is between 486,800 yuan and 638,800 yuan. As a product of new MS-1 platform, degree of "civilization" is even higher. It is most thorough, and it can be considered as filling backlog in domestic market in terms of positioning.
In terms of appearance, MS600 warrior has a tough form, some shadows of previous M50/M60 civilian version can be seen in headlights, quite ferocious. The launch conference also featured some special derivative models, including SUVs and communications control vehicles, which will be launched this April.
In terms of interior, Warrior MS600 isn't too rough, but it adds a touch of luxury. An electronic shift knob and a floating central control screen make middle passage more extended. A 6-seater and 5-seater layout is provided. no different from a normal SUV.
The mechanical part deserves more attention. The dimensions of Mengshi MS600 are exaggerated. The size of basic single-row model with a short rear suspension reaches 5850/2160/2155mm, wheelbase is 3700mm, and when unloaded it reaches 3750kg. To drive such a behemoth, it is equipped with a 6.7 ton diesel engine from Dongfeng Cummins with a maximum power of 231 kW and a maximum torque of 1050 Nm, and is also equipped with an all-wheel drive system.
According to available information, Dongfeng Mengshi MS600 is not a purely off-road model, it is more like a pickup truck with a commercial chassis in North America. This type of model basically only has a coupe and chassis, and rear of car is often an "empty frame" , you can choose different bottom bracket shapes and frame lengths to suit your needs. This means that functions of these cars will no longer be limited, and various rear compartment shapes can be chosen according to needs of car owners.
Models of this type are very common in North America, where pickup trucks are popular. For example, Ford, General Motors and Dodge, "Royal Three" pickups, like to supply such models. Dongfeng Mengshi MS600 also belongs to this type of vehicle.
However, compared to those big American guys, size of Dongfeng Mengshi MS600 is just right, probably at level of Ford F-350, and in domestic conditions it even belongs to off-road trucks. But for a domestic car, a body length of almost 6 meters is no small challenge for daily use, and also raises driver's driving threshold.
However, if it is in a wide area, this vehicle still has strong functionality. First of all, truck-level Cummins diesel engine is quite powerful. Despite its own weight of almost 4 tons, it has a maximum torque of over 1000Nm. Still enough to push body. The second is ability to expand rear, which can also display functionality by matching different rear bays. If you look at pickup trucks, Warriors MS600 seems a little "redundant" in all respects, especially in terms of size limit, entry threshold for private users is not low. But for groups with special functional requirements, such as deserts and jungles, it can still play its strengths. If you are a private user, you can wait for an SUV model that is more carefree for everyday use.