SAIC's Guangde Proving Ground, which completed construction in 2012, is the largest such facility in the ASEAN region.
The whole proving ground consists of eight major test items, including hill test, oval track, environment test, durability test, long straightaway, ride and handling, vehicle dynamics and low adhesion coefficient.
At the proving grounds, we also got an opportunity to experience the cars, but with a twist- everything we drove was an electric car.
On a section used to test ride quality, we drove the Marvel X SUV and true to its name the car was, well…marvellous!
It’s in essence a mid-size SUV and is the Chinese automaker’s answer to cars like Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQ SUV. The car is sold only as a Roewe and for now in China only.
In Marvel-X’s sister car, the MG ERX5, we took to a section that simulated low grip conditions as well as an ABS test.
The final test saw us drive the eMG6 in a gymkhana set up. Made up entirely of cones, this part, of course, was quite deceptive as it looked easy but turned out to be quite complicated. It was hard to ascertain the braking points but I managed a respectable time of 1.33 minutes despite missing many of the cones and the lane change sections.