Scottish-Built Munro MK_1 EV Will Be More Capable Than Hummer, Rivian, And Bronco

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This is going to be a hardcore off-road EV.

Munro Vehicles, the first volume producer in Scotland in over four decades, shared more details and a new sketch of its all-new, no-nonsense EV off-roader. The Scottish may do many things differently than the rest of the world (and we mean that as a compliment), but Munro is following the usual launch reveal tactic of drip-feeding details until the official unveiling on 5 December.

The last teaser was an early design sketch, which looked a lot like a previous-generation Land Rover Defender. It also stated that the MK_1 would be extremely agricultural and not a direct rival to vehicles like the Tesla Model X or Rivian R1S.

This EV is meant to work hard in the most demanding terrain imaginable, which brings us neatly to the second round of teasing. We now have verified off-road-related figures that will put several iconic 4x4s to shame.

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We still have nothing concrete on the powertrain, but Munro says it will be a "state-of-the-art electric powertrain featuring a superior, high-efficiency, high-torque axial electric motor with a robustly proven mechanical 4x4 driveline." The "proven" part of that quote leads us to believe that the MK_1 will be built on an existing ladder frame.

As you can see from the sketch, or rather a photograph that has been through several filters, the MK_1 doesn't appear to have any sort of unique styling. It looks like the 4x4 we all drew when we were five. This is a good thing.

First, it adds to the no-nonsense appeal. Why have a design language when you can have a functional exposed bolt instead? Secondly, the short overhangs and boxy body result in some of the most impressive off-road figures we've seen so far this year.

Munro claims the ground clearance is 19 inches. That's more than the GMC Hummer EV and the Rivian R1S. Heck, it's roughly eight inches more than a Wrangler Rubicon and six inches more than the Bronco Raptor.

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The MK_1 can wade through 31.5 inches of water thanks to impressive ground clearance. This is slightly less than the hardcore ICE off-roaders and might have something to do with the placement of the battery pack.

Most impressive of all is the claimed approach and departure angles. The 38-degree approach angle is pretty good, but the 51-degree departure angle is pretty much unheard of. The only cars we could find that come close are the Suzuki Jimny (49 degrees) and the famous Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6 at 54 degrees.

A breakover angle is not provided, and once again, we wonder whether it has something to do with the battery pack. One thing is for certain. Munro will have to put a serious thick bit of steel between the battery and the elements for the MK_1 to work where it's supposed to.

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As a reminder, the Munro MK_1 was built for sectors like construction, agriculture, mining, environmental, emergency rescue, remote infrastructure maintenance, and recreation. We think Munro only mentions recreation because some people will buy it simply because it's Scottish and cool. For the most part, it will be a workhorse.

Hugh Roberts, director of off-road driving and training company Far by Four (which assisted Munro with the MK_1's development program), explains how thoroughly the EV has been evaluated:

"We have subjected the Munro to extensive testing off-road. We have driven through deep water and glutinous mud, traversed steep terrain, mastered side slopes and axle twisters, and effortlessly towed trailers and vehicles. A combination of prodigious electric torque, supple suspension, and a rigid chassis makes the Munro an easy vehicle to place confidently without the need for excessive speed to clear technical terrain."

We look forward to validating those claims when the MK_1 is ready.

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