Unboxing the world’s cheapest pickup truck from China

Published on Dec 13, 2022 at 1:41 PM (UTC+4)
by Kate Bain

Last updated on Apr 13, 2023 at 12:46 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Unboxing the world’s cheapest pickup truck from China

This is the cheapest pickup truck in the world. 

Called the Chang Li Explorer, it’s made by Alibaba in China and costs just $2000. 

And yes, it actually drives. 

Supercar Blondie’s Nathan Bain actually ordered it to Dubai – you can watch how it all unfolded here!

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Before ordering the Chang Li pickup truck, there’s one thing you need to know; this purchase is not for the faint of heart. 

The truck comes in a huge wooden box which you have to unpack yourself.

Once you’ve tackled about 100 screws, the car will finally reveal itself – and that’s just the beginning.

Then you have to basically build the truck itself.

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In the bed of the truck, you’ll find a roof rack, bull bar, roll cage, side mirrors, and review mirror.

You need to connect each of them individually.

In some good news, the world’s cheapest pickup truck comes with some features you might not expect, including electric windows, a reverse camera, and a touch screen (albeit a finicky one). 

It also comes with windscreen wipers already attached (what a treat) and air conditioning. 

Not only does it have air conditioning on the dash, it has air conditioning on the roof too – although it more closely resembles the fans you might find to cool down your ancient family computer.

The truck bed lifts up to reveal the batteries. 

Then to turn the batteries on, there’s a switch underneath the driver’s seat.

One of the coolest features of the truck has to be the working hydraulic dump truck. 

This feature alone catapults the Chang Li Explorer into its own class of pick up truck. Ford F-150 who? 

Chang Li Explorer specs

Alibaba didn’t exactly offer the most detailed specs, but this is what it gave us: 

Range – less than 100km 

Horsepower – less than 100km 

Charge time is ‘slow’ taking 8-10 hours 

Top speed – 45km/h (28mph) 

12 inch wheels with hydraulic disc brakes 

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Kate Bain

Kate Bain is the Page Editor at supercarblondie.com. She is based in Dubai and coordinates coverage of the latest news across automotive, technology, and lifestyle. Kate has a bachelor's degree in business and post graduate in journalism. She is an experienced editor and journalist who has worked for News Corp, Daily Mail Australia, and Sky News. When she's not at work, you'll find her attached at the hip to her dog, Thor. Kate is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her first child.