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Munro’s Brit-built EV will look like this when it reaches production

… and from here on in it’ll be known as the Munro Series-M. Hardcore 4x4 gets a new name to go with its fresh look

Published: 03 Oct 2023

Munro Vehicles first came to our attention in December last year as it unveiled a £60k all-electric SUV that was to be designed, engineered and built in Britain. Yawn, another electric SUV we hear you cry, but as you could tell from the angular construction, the MK_1 was going to be a little bit different from the norm.

Almost a year later, the images you see above show what the Munro will look like when it eventually reaches production, and there’s a new name to go along with the updated look too. It’ll now be known as the Munro Series-M, with the Series-M Truck being the SUV and the Series-M Pick-Up being the erm… pickup. Makes sense.

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We’re told that the MK_1 pre-production prototype was subjected to ‘extensive field trials’, and after that and some customer feedback, the production car gets a new design that improves aerodynamic and cooling performance while also providing greater forward visibility.

“Revisiting how some of the major components were packaged allowed us to enhance the aesthetic and technical aspects of the Munro Series-M Truck and Pick-Up,” said Munro design boss Ross Compton. “We have created an even more distinct design that builds upon the Munro name while introducing improvements to areas such as aerodynamic and cooling performance and efficiency.”

Certainly ‘distinct’ isn’t it? It's even more boxy than an Ineos Grenadier, but we’re liking the rugged look and the updated front end with fewer lights and that slanted bonnet. There are rounded wheelarches now too and an ‘exoskeleton’ at the rear of certain versions (the entry-level Utility spec) which should make it easy to mount equipment on the outside of the Series-M. Munro says this is important for its target customers in “agriculture, construction, outdoor maintenance, disaster relief, rescue, mining, and defence". Serious stuff, then.

Apparently there’s some additional sound deadening too, as well as an adjustable steering column, wheel-mounted buttons and ‘ergonomic enhancements’ that allow you to move the seat into a more comfortable position. There’s also proper safety systems including airbags, ABS brakes and stability/traction control.

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A new, more durable lithium-ion phosphate battery allows for faster 130kW DC rapid charging, and Munro reckons this thing should manage 50 years of service ‘with routine maintenance and planned refurbishment’. The powertrain options are now set to be called M170 (228bhp) and M280 (375bhp) no matter whether you want a Truck or Pick-up, and we’re told that range is ‘up to 200 miles’ on-road.

Munro has also announced a new round of crowdfunding that’ll run throughout the month of October and should allow it to “capitalise on a full, two-year order book, deliver first production vehicles, hire more people, scale premises, and expand resources".

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