Posted Dec 10th 2011 8:01PM
Make no mistake about it, the Chinese automotive industry is an emerging force to be reckoned with. Never mind all the foreign automakers setting up joint ventures in the world's most populous country, or the recognized European marques being gobbled up by Chinese conglomerates. The country has a sizable industry of its own, and while it has largely been content until now supplying its own domestic market, some local automakers have been gearing up to branch out beyond their own considerable borders.
Sure, some of them amount to little more than carbon copies of existing vehicles, and some don't look like they'd survive a head-on collision with a tricycle. But with such a large industry, you can bet that some will eventually emerge as serious vehicles with serious capabilities. Like this paramilitary off-road vehicle, for example.
Built by Wuhan-based Xiaolong Automotive, the XLW2090 is one of a dozen or so configurations the company builds on an adaptable chassis. The three-axle off-road truck packs a 4.5-litre Cummins four-cylinder diesel engine, over 432 mm (17 inches) of ground clearance, a 55.5-degree approach angle and a claimed 3,493-kilogram (7,700-pound) payload. That's all well and fine, but what really impresses us is what it can do when the road gets more than a little bumpy. Follow the jump to watch the brief video clip and see what we mean.