The Vanderhall Brawley promises to be a great off-road electric vehicle, but unfortunately it is not allowed to be used on the regular street.
Vanderhall, a company known only for its “fun” three-wheelers like the Carmel and Venice, recently announced pricing and detailed specifications for a new four-wheeler called the Brawley. This off-road-focused electric vehicle starts at $34,950, and the company is accepting orders for the 2022 model.
Vanderhall’s first off-road model was teased for the first time in 2020, and its name was then Navarro. Earlier this year, the Utah-based car manufacturer officially introduced the Brawley name. Alongside the new pricing announcement, Vanderhall also released a new batch of digital images of the vehicle.
Vanderhall Brawley is 3.75 meters long, 1.93 meters wide, 1.76 meters high, and has a wheelbase of 2.86 meters. Its design is reminiscent of a future Jeep Wrangler combined with the Warthog vehicle from the video game “Halo”. The extremely short front and rear overhangs combined with huge 35-inch tires, 22-inch traveling suspension, and a ground clearance of 0.46 meters allow Brawley to excel in off-road environments.
The 4-motor system produces a combined capacity of 404 hp and 651 Nm of torque in the most advanced variant allowing the wheels to move independently in any direction. As a result, Brawley riders will have access to low-speed off-road modes such as eCrab, eSteer, eTank, and eCrawl, similar to those offered by the GMC Hummer and Rivian R1T electric pickup trucks.
As for the battery pack, Vanderhall will offer 40 kWh and 60 kWh modules with an advanced battery conditioning system that “extends cold temperatures and increases battery life”. The company claims the Brawley will offer an estimated range of up to 322 km. When using a DC fast charger, the battery pack will recover 80% of its energy in less than 1 hour.
As one might imagine from an off-road vehicle, the cabin looks very basic but pretty thanks to the four independent seats, leather upholstery, large glass surfaces to maximize viewing angles, and a minimalist dashboard with cluster analog clock. In addition, the cabin also has a glove box, heater, air conditioning, heated seats, optional sunroof, and Bluetooth Kicker sound system. Don’t expect the vehicle to have an airbag as it’s not a street-legal vehicle, even though Vanderhall has mentioned future ViDAR system capabilities.