Deepal G318: A Potential Contender In Australia’s SUV Market

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Deepal G318 A Potential Contender In Australia's SUV Market
Deepal G318 A Potential Contender In Australia's SUV Market

The reveal of the Deepal G318 in China hints at a distinctive player entering Australia’s thriving SUV arena. With rugged aesthetics and a novel drivetrain, the G318 stands poised to challenge the status quo, potentially rivaling models like Toyota’s Prado.

As a product of Deepal, owned by automotive behemoth Changan, the G318 marks a significant step forward, especially as its parent company invests in right-hand drive markets, including Australia.

Previously showcased in renderings and Chinese government filings, the G318 now steps into the limelight with its official debut. Sized similarly to the Toyota LandCruiser Prado, it measures 4915mm long, 1985mm wide, and 1960mm tall, riding on a 2880mm wheelbase.

While slightly shorter in length compared to the outgoing Prado, it boasts greater width and height, albeit with a shorter wheelbase. Notably, Deepal quotes impressive approach and departure angles of 27 and 31 degrees, along with a braked towing capacity of 1600kg.

Contrary to off-road stalwarts like the Prado, the G318 doesn’t adhere to a body-on-frame construction. Instead, it embraces unibody construction, signaling a departure from convention. What sets the G318 apart further is its innovative drivetrain. Unlike conventional hybrid setups, it adopts a range-extender drivetrain configuration.

The Rear Of The Changan Deepal G318 (Credits Changan)
The Rear Of The Changan Deepal G318 (Credits: Changan)

Here, a 1.5-litre engine serves primarily as a generator to charge a small battery, which in turn powers electric motors. The G318 offers two powertrain variants: one featuring a rear-mounted 185kW electric motor, and another supplemented by an additional 131kW electric motor on the front axle, delivering a combined output of 316kW.

Remarkably, Deepal claims the G318 can cover up to 155km on electric power alone, drawing from its battery without relying on the petrol engine. Reports suggest the availability of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries in capacities of either 18.4kWh or 35.1kWh.

Inside, luxury meets functionality with suede upholstery adorning seats, door panels, and consoles, complemented by a 14.6-inch infotainment screen and a digital instrument cluster.

Gold accents add a touch of elegance to the cabin. In terms of practicality, the G318 offers ample cargo space, boasting 818 liters with the rear seats up, expandable to 1747 liters when folded.

Deepal’s parent company, Changan, recently announced substantial investments to establish a manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand. This move underscores the brand’s commitment to right-hand drive markets, including Australia, where it aims to produce 100,000 vehicles by 2025.

While Changan has trademarked the Deepal brand name in Australia, specific details regarding the local lineup and arrival timeline remain undisclosed. However, with its unique attributes and Changan’s strategic investments, the Deepal G318 emerges as a potential disruptor in Australia’s SUV landscape.


By Jayson O'Neil

Jayson is a car-o-holic, and you will often find him writing about cars & bikes here at DaxStreet. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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