- Bollinger shares a striking resemblance to EV.
- 220kW and 280kW versions are available.
- Impressive off-road figures
Munro Vehicles, a Scottish-based EV outfit, has unveiled a five-seat 4×4. Monroe MK_1 which is set to electrify the 4×4 segment.
Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the electrified Bollinger EV vehicles, the Monroe MK_1 is offered with two powertrain options delivering either 220kW (295hp) or 280kW (375hp). Both use a full-time 4×4 system, linked to a two-speed transfer case with a locking diff.
The 220kW/600Nm version combines the electric motor with a 61.2kWh battery, giving it an excellent driving range of 227km. A more powerful 280kW/700Nm electric motor is paired with an 82.4kWh battery, to give it an extended driving range of 306km.
Munro Vehicles says the battery pack is guaranteed to provide 80 percent of its original capacity for at least eight years or 100,000 miles (160,000 km).
Currently in the “small production phase” of development, the vehicle has impressive approach and departure angles of 84 and 51 degrees, respectively, and ground clearance of 480 mm. Steel wheels sit inside all-terrain rubber, and the MK_1 is coil-over.
The Upol Raptor comes standard with paint protection MK_1, which protects against knocks and scratches when trailblazing tracks in pursuit of forgotten campsites.
A similar approach was taken inside, with a clear emphasis on stability, practicality and avoidance of the rigors of off-roading. To that end, the front dash includes easily replaceable waterproof buttons, there are drain holes in the floor, and the cabin can be outfitted, like the G4 seat coverings.
Other interior gear includes full LED lighting, countless storage cavities and power supplies, two USB-C ports, a small touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Carling Tech switchgear.
The cargo area is 1028mm long (on the floor) 1076mm high, and 1166mm between the wheel arches, so it’s big enough to squeeze into a Euro pallet. It has a storage capacity of up to 1600 liters. A plywood floor in the rear cargo area adds an increased level of stability, while multi-point tie-down points can secure large loads.
The vehicle itself has a payload capacity of 1000 kg, a maximum towing capacity of 2500 kg, and a curb weight of 2500 kg.
The EV comes with a five-year/100,000 mile (160,000 km) vehicle warranty and costs around £75,000 (about AU$120,000).
A purpose-built facility in Scotland will be in use from 2024, increasing production to 2,500 vehicles a year by 2027. However, there is no word on an Australian arrival yet.