Deepal (also known as Shenlan in China) is a brand born from a joint-venture between Changan, Huawei and CATL. This is the company’s most advanced Changan electrified models, designed to directly compete with models such as Tesla and other special origin brands (BYD, Xpeng, IM, etc.). One of its most important models is the S7, which was launched this year in China and is produced in the company’s renovated, highly automated factory, which ensures the much-needed quality control. It is a part of the C SUV that is 4.7 meters long and 2.9 meters between the axles.
When the S7 debuted, it was created with a (converted) price range between $24,200 and $34,400, much lower than the Tesla Model Y which covers between $30 and $50,000. It could even be purchased as a future extended range electric vehicle, such as a hydrogen cell vehicle.
However, the sophisticated S7 did not gain the necessary traction in its market, apart from having advanced technologies including a large 53″ Head-up Display with augmented reality, a 15.6″ screen that powered by a Snapdragon chip 8155 from Qualcomm (technology you find in a high-end smartphone), voice command, WiFi, Apple CarPlay, Huawei HiCar, NID3.0 assistance suite with level 2 semi -autonomous driving, radar, sensors and up to a 12-inch screen hidden in the passenger’s visor.
This is because China, which is a fierce market, quickly measures its results and the problems for Deepal are not Tesla cars, but its local rivals, where there are cheaper prices.
To do this, they had to scale their range to less functional versions. The entry model is the 520Pro and it is already known that it will eliminate many elements of comfort. As is known, it can do without the fatigue monitor, remote start, wireless chargers, heated seats, ambient lights and some speakers, and other functions.
What it retains compared to the model that follows it (520Max) is a rear electric motor of 190 kW and 320 Nm, powered by a 66.8 kWh battery, which is unusual not provided by CATL, but by the group which is CALB, who have been suppliers of Changan for other models, but also suppliers of GAC, Geely and others. According to them, the autonomy should reach 520 kilometers, although if we take it to the WLTP cycle, it can fall to 450-480 kilometers. It reaches 100 km/h in less than seven seconds and reaches a top speed of 180 km/h.
Now, why are we interested in Deepal? Because Changan is studying to bring these models to Chile in 2024. Nothing has been confirmed, but apparently talks are advanced…