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Production of a new 2.0 L SUV, yet unnamed, began on December 6, 2015 in Shangrao, Jiangxi. The event occurred without much fanfare and we are only hearing of it now.

The manufacturer is Jiangxi Hanteng Automobile Co., Ltd (汉腾汽车), established in 2013 as Jiangxi Lantu Automobile Co., Ltd (蓝途汽车 "Landtourer"). The company has been founded by the Tech-New Group (铁牛集团 Tieniu) of Mr. Ying Jianren, that is also the controlling shareholder of Zotye Holding Group.




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Official presentation of the company and its first products -- a conventional SUV and a PHEV version. A cutaway mock-up was displayed offering a view of the interior. Some information was provided on an upcoming family of new engines developed in association with Mahle, and a glimpse of the company's plans for the future.

The names of the the SUV and PHEV have not been officially revealed yet. Initially the SUV will sport a 2.0 L turbocharged engine (272 PS, torque 400 Nm). (See update on 05-12-2016)




 

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The Hanteng SUV has received NDRC approval (GXQ6460).

Update: Contradicting what was published 3 days ago, it has emerged that the SUV will be powered by two existing engines (presumably till their in-house engines come into play) which are the 1.5 L turbo 15S4G and the 2.0 L turbo 4G63S4T. These two engines can be found powering its sister company's equivalent SUV, the T600, as well as a host of other vehicles on the market.

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Besides the two engines mentioned in the last post above, a version will be offered with a 1.8 L turbo engine (TN4G18T*) sourced from Tech-New group's own manufacturing company, Ruizhan Tongling Technologies.




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In the absence of detailed specifications (suspension, driven wheels), nothing can be stated definitively, but given that its wheelbase is 2810 mm and front/rear track 1611/1612 mm, it seems to be remarkably similar to that of the Zotye T600 (WB 2807 mm; front/rear track exactly same). Front/rear axle weight distribution is 52:48 for both vehicles.

One may draw one's own conclusions.

Initial specs of Hanteng SUV 2.0 (released by MIIT):
http://www.cn-truck.com/index.php?m=cars_type&c=index&a=showgg&id=85107

The equivalent spec sheet for Zotye T600 2.0:
http://www.cn-truck.com/index.php?m=cars_type&c=index&a=showgg&id=482
 

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Hanteng looks serious about being competitive in an already crowded market of SUVs and CUVs.
Its website gives no hint about its connection with the Tieniu Group, mentioned above, or with Tieniu's other subsidiaries Zotye, and Jiangnan. So it's puzzling that Hanteng, without an initial offering of NEV models*, would have received the approval of the NDRC and a license to produce at a time when consolidation is being encouraged by Beijing. It doesn't seem practical to duplicate the efforts of Zotye in both production and distribution.

This seems to be just one more surprising startup, late in the game, like Weichai, Changjiang and CH.
Hanteng's website is an impressive one with English available, and an indication that connections have already been forged with major global suppliers like Mahle, Continental, Samsung and Ricardo.
Anyway I look forward to Hanteng's foray into the world of NEVs and the Internet of Vehicle ( IoV) as proposed in its introduction.

* correction: One PHEV was mentioned briefly
 
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