Changan Auto’s Deep Blue Brand Unveils First Model

Changan Automobile on Monday officially unveiled the first model of its new energy vehicle brand Deep Blue, dubbed the “SL03.” The new car is scheduled to be launched at the end of June, and the estimated price is about 200,000 yuan ($30,040).

Deep Blue is reportedly oriented towards generation-Z consumers, and five new cars have been planned. The SL03 model is based on Changan’s brand-new EPA1 pure electric platform, providing three power modes: pure electric, extended range and hydrogen-powered, which makes it the first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell car in China.

The pure electric version is available in two motor options – 160kW and 190kW – with cruising ranges of 515km and 712km respectively. The extended range version will be equipped with a drive system consisting of a 1.5L engine and motor, and the comprehensive cruising range under CLTC conditions reaches 1,200km. The cruising range of the hydrogen-powered version under CLTC conditions is 700km.

In terms of appearance, the SL03 model adopts some familiar elements of Changan Auto’s UNI-V fuel vehicles. In order to reduce wind resistance, the new vehicle also adopts hidden door handles and low wind resistance wheels, and the drag coefficient is only 0.23 Cd. The length, width and height of the new car are 4820mm/1890mm/1480mm respectively, and the wheelbase is 2900mm.

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The new car provides a 14.6-inch full LCD touch screen, a Qualcomm 8155 chip, and OTA upgrades. In addition, the new car has multiple cameras and millimeter wave sensors to support L3+ intelligent driving.