This Is China's Answer To The Hummer H1

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This isn't your typical Chinese copycat car.

Chinese car manufacturers have a notorious habit of copying their Western counterparts. We've seen Chinese copycats of everything from the Rolls-Royce Cullinan to the Cadillac XT6. Now, meet the Dongfeng Fearless M50, China's answer to America's Hummer H1. To be fair, though, this isn't a copycat, because Dongfeng actually acquired a license from AM General to adopt the Humvee for the Chinese military. The result was the armored Dongfeng EQ2050 (also known as the Dongfeng Mengshi), and now there's a road-going version.

This isn't simply a shameless copy of the Humvee, either. In contrast to the Hummer H1's double cab design, the Fearless M50 takes the form of a single cab pickup.

Dongfeng Motors
Dongfeng Motors

Other unique design touches include round headlights, a one-piece windshield, and a unique grille. Inside, the similarities between the Humvee and the Chinese off-roader are clearer. Dominating the utilitarian cabin is a massive center console between the two seats, combined with analog controls and leather seats.

The name is certainly fitting, because the Fearless M50 is extremely capable off-road. Dongfeng claims it can wade through water up to 3.9-feet deep and be driven in areas 14,763 feet above sea level. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter turbodiesel that produces 197 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, mated to a manual gearbox.

Dongfeng Motors
Dongfeng Motors

In China, the Fearless M50 has a starting price of ¥668,000 - that's around $103,000, making it considerably more expensive than the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX.

GMC no longer builds the combustion-powered Hummer H series, but the brand is being resurrected with the Hummer EV Pickup that will compete with the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T. In its range-topping guise, three electric motors combine to produce 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque. The interior is also significantly more high-tech than the Fearless M50's barebones cabin, featuring a 12.3-inch display with flashy video game-style animations and a 13.4-inch touchscreen.

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Dongfeng Motors
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