The Munro Mark 1 is an electric SUV currently being developed in Scotland. The company targets people who actually use their off-roaders such as farmers, forestry workers, and people in the mining industry. If this sounds to your liking, the budding automaker already has a deal to bring this rugged engine to the United States.
Munro has an agreement with EV-leasing specialist Wyre for the company to sell and distribute SUVs in the US, according to Scottish. The automaker plans to run an initial 50 vehicles, with half of that allocated to the US. The first deliveries in the UK will occur in March or April 2023.
“We are delighted we have the opportunity to make it a huge success in the United States,” said Wyre director Rebecca Hansen. Scottish.
The box-shaped vehicle in these photos is still a prototype. “We launched the production version in November this year,” said a spokesman for Munro Motor1.com. “The visual design (interior and exterior) has been completely modernized.” It the company posted a teaser on Instagram.
According to initial specifications, the Munro has a single electric motor that produces 376 horsepower (280 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. It has a permanent four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer box and a locking center differential. Front and rear axle differential locks are optional.
The battery pack has a usable capacity of 80.1 kilowatt-hours. It provides an estimated range of 168 miles or about 16 hours of off-highway driving. The system supports DC fast charging at 100 kilowatts and 22 kW AC.
To transport goods, the Munro has a payload of 2,205 pounds (1.00 kilograms), and there is room for European-sized pallets. It can pull 7,716 pounds (3,500 kilograms).
Munro positions electric SUVs as tough and repairable. It has a galvanized steel chassis and aluminum body panels. Brakes and suspension are “widely available OEM parts,” according to the company’s website. Electrical components have water and dust protection.
When the road gets tough, the approach angle is an impressive 88 degrees, and the departure angle is 70 degrees. It can wade through 3,281 feet (1 meter) of water.
If you’re in England, Munro now pick up a refundable £500 pre-order for vehicles. The expected price is £72,500 before state value added tax. There are no current US market prices.