Changan Reveals Its Hi-Tech Tesla Model 3 Competitor [Pictures]

Changan Reveals Its Hi-Tech Tesla Model 3 Competitor [Pictures] in 12022

Changan has created a new sub-brand for its electric vehicles (EVs) called Shenlan and revealed its first car, which will compete with the Tesla Model 3. Shennan C385 is the model in question.

Changan revealed the Shenlan C835 would have three different powertrains:

  • A battery-electric propulsion system
  • A battery-electric propulsion system with a range extender
  • A powertrain based on hydrogen fuel cells


The all-electric C385 will have a 700-kilometer range (km). It will be powered by a single electric motor producing 258 horsepower (hp). The engine, which is mounted atop the rear axle, will only send power to the rear wheels.

The range extender model will also include an internal-combustion engine (ICE) that will only serve as a battery charger. The range extender variant will have a range of 1,200 km.

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell version will have the same range and horsepower as the EV version, but will benefit from faster hydrogen fuel fill-up than the EV’s recharge time.

Changan’s new electric vehicle has a sleek design that allows for a drag coefficient of only 0.230. Lucid Air, for example, has a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.200. It’s a huge accomplishment for Shanlen C385 to be so close.

Tech and Other Features

There isn’t much information about C385, but Changan has revealed that it will have the following features:

  • 27 different sensors and level 4 self-driving assistance
  • Qualcomm’s SA8155P Automotive Development Platformcomputer chip for computers that power autonomous driving systems.

Shennan C385 will most likely be an expensive vehicle, with a price tag starting at $30,000, as a direct competitor to Tesla Model 3 with high-tech features (Rs. 5.6 million). However, in developed car markets such as China, it will be a great value and will most likely be one of the best-selling EVs.


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