The Chinese automotive industry is an emerging force. 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 Chinese domestic brands are also capable of making serious vehicles with serious capabilities. Like this off-road military truck, 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-liter Cummins four-cylinder diesel engine, over 17 inches of ground clearance, a 55.5-degree approach angle and a claimed 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.



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      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      - politics aside, that's a cool little military truck. Reminds me a little bit of the smaller units the US had in the late 50's/early 60's - smaller than a deuce and a half so you could get around in tighter areas but still very useful, (I think those where made by Ford under contract?) Nothing fancy but looks very functional. Maybe GM or Dodge could put a version of that Cummins 4.5 4cyl diesel motor in one of their 1/2 ton pickups.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you want to see truck offroading, youtube "Praga V3S" or "Tatra" :-)
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      My Jeep can do that. It's not stock, but it can do it no problem.
      craig
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did I read that right, 4.5 liter four banger? Over a liter per cylinder?
      HAT1701D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, let me get this straight. We have a Chinese built vehicle designed for their armed forces POWERED by a Cummins diesel? Oh the irony. Why not just sell them the F-22 and F-35 so they don't have to develope the J-20 past a prototype..................
        chucki42
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HAT1701D
        they are already trying to reverse engineer that platform. most of the electronics are built there anyway.
        anpmech
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HAT1701D
        Been going on since pre Korean war when the Britts sold the Nene engine to the Russians, low and behold....Mig-15!
      invmartyc
      • 3 Years Ago
      What happened to the "Euro-style"? This looks utilitarian, what happened to making it look like a Toyota or Mercedes? I guess the Chinese don't know that all vehicles are supposed to look alike!
      Mr. Phelps
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey weren't they supposed to buy Hummer? http://money.cnn.com/2009/06/02/news/companies/gm_hummer/
        patriotisland
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mr. Phelps
        They were going to buy the Civilian versions only. not the Military version. But It s cheeper for them to buy one hummer and copy. Soon they'll be churning out Stealth choppers and Drones that we've left ;aying around in the middle east. They are working of stealth planes too.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      They gonna use this when they invade the U.S. - Red Dawn style?
      Peter and Margy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why? Any American soldier would simply... drive around the blocks!
      excursioner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where can I get one?
      heroicnitescream
      • 3 Years Ago
      The video cuts out right where the truck gets stuck XDD
      excursioner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where can I get one of these trucks?
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