Changan Shenlan SL03 production version ready to compete with Tesla Model 3 in China

Changan Shenlan SL03 (C385) was unveiled in China. It will compete with the Tesla Model 3 in China. Previously, Changan had been doing everything possible to keep this sedan’s name secret. But MIIT ads subverted this questionable tactic and exposed the Shenlan sedan’s name and logo.

What did we already know about Changan Shenlan SL03?

Changan Xinlan SL03 Interior

Changan Shenlan SL03 is another joint venture between Changan New Energy, CATL and Huawei. This “Trinity” also works on Avatr and Changan Lumin. The SL03 is based on the EPA1 platform and positioned as a compact sedan. Its exact dimensions are 4820/1890/1480 mm, with a wheelbase of 2900 mm. It is 106 mm longer than the Tesla Model 3, and its wheelbase is 25 mm longer. It is worth noting that the SL03 is compatible with rear-wheel drive only. However, it has three engines: EV, EREV (range extender), and FCEV (hydrogen).

Appearance and Specifications

Only the EV and EREV versions of the SL03 appeared in advertisements. There are almost no obvious differences between them. The Shenlan SL03’s design is great with sporty proportions, slim headlights and an impressive taillight strip. The SL03 has 225/55 R18 or 245/45 R19 wheels.

Both EV and EREV versions of the SL03 have the same size. The weight of the all-electric vehicle is 1,725 ​​and 1,825 kg (gross weight: 2100 and 2200 kg). SL03 with range extender weighs 1760 kg (gross weight: 2135 kg).


The name and logo of the SL03 has not been revealed since 2021. So many users have set their expectations about its naming. But we now know that Shenlan only called it ‘SL03’. The name seems strange. We might guess that ‘SL’ here stays for schickenThea. By the way, Shenlan can still change the name of this sedan. Previously, we’ve seen how Geometry did it with its E SUV. The logo is silver and triangular in shape. It has three black stripes running from the corners to the center.


Now let’s talk about the powertrain of Changan Shenlan SL03. Only two versions of it were leaked online with MIIT announcements (EV and EREV). The base SL03 EV has a single 160 kW (218 hp) electric motor on the rear axle. There is also a version with a 190 kW (258 hp) engine. According to Shenlan, it consumes 12.3 kWh / 100 km. Both engines are made by Changan New Energy. As for the SL03 EV’s range, it was said to be 700 km. The base-level model will receive a CATL LFP battery. The one with more horses will adopt a triple horse (NMC) made by Changan New Energy.

The EREV version of Changan Shenlan SL03 received a 1.5-liter (JL473QJ) petrol engine with 70 kW (95 hp). According to the announcement by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the fuel consumption of the SL03 is 0.75 l / 100 km. Speaking of the electric motor, it is still on the rear axle and has a power of 160 kW (218 hp). The SL03 EREV got an LFP battery on board. Manufactured by CALB, a CATL competitor. Previously, Shenlan shared that the SL03 EREV will be able to run up to 1,200 kilometers.


Changan Shenlan SL03 also has a hydrogen version. Unfortunately, it never made it to MIIT’s announcements. The FCEV has a range of 700 km, just like the all-electric range. But the main benefit of the hydrogen version is quick refueling. According to Shenlan, it takes only 3 minutes to fill the hydrogen tank. By the way, the hydrogen consumption of C385 is 0.65 kg / 100 km. This version also has a 190 kW electric motor.

Other features and price

The SL03 will be equipped with 27 different sensors and will support L4 level autonomous driving. The car is allowed to drive completely on its own. Qualcomm’s 8155 chip powers the computers that power the sedan’s autonomous driving systems. We don’t know the exact prices for the SL03. According to Chinese media, the prices will range between 200,000-300,000 CNY (31,000-46,500 US dollars). The SL03 should hit the Chinese market in June, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this exciting sedan with an exotic name.

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Source: MIIT, Ifeng

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