Dongfeng will start selling the Forthing Thunder crossover in China from March 25. This car may well get into Russia under the Evolute brand.
The novelty, in fact, is an electric version of the Dongfeng Forthing T5 Evo gasoline crossover. The Thunder differs from the standard model by a different front bumper with different air vents and the absence of an exhaust system at the rear. Dimensions: 4600 mm in length, 1860 mm in width, 1680 mm in height. The wheelbase is 2715 mm.
The Dongfeng Forthing Thunder power plant consists of a single electric motor on the rear axle, which has a power of 204 hp and 340 Nm of torque. The automaker offers two batteries to choose from: with a capacity of 57.8 and 85.9 kWh. The power reserve on a single charge varies from 430 to 630 km, depending on the version.
Dongfeng Forthing Thunder is likely to appear in Russia under the domestic brand Evolute. The new C+ class crossover was announced by the Evolute brand back in November 2022. In January 2023, it became known that the novelty will receive the name i-Sky. The official debut of the car was to take place on February 15 as part of the forum “ForAuto-2023. The results and forecasts of the car market”, however, the premiere was postponed.
“A crossover with a wheelbase of 2.75 m and a mileage of 600 km on a single charge. Its working name is now i-Sky. We chose such a car because the market has a request for electric vehicles with a mileage of more than 500 km,” Andrey Reznikov, co—owner of Evolute, said in an interview.