Three vehicles to launch Qoros brand

Last updated 07:10 19/02/2013

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New Chinese automaker Qoros will launch itself to the world at next month's Geneva Auto Show via a new sedan and two concept designs.


Click on photo for more views of the Qoros 3 Sedan and the company's two concepts.


Qoros, born from a joint venture between Chery Automobile and industrial holding company Israel Corporation, released photos over the weekend of the vehicles to go on display - the Qoros 3 Sedan, the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept and the Qoros 3 Estate Concept.

Unlike a number of other Chinese automakers, these designs do not appear to be blatant copies of other vehicle makers.

The Qoros 3 Sedan, which is entering a pre-production development phase after two summers and two winters of extensive testing at key locations around the world, is due to be launched in China in the second half of 2013, with first European sales following later in the year. The launch of further Qoros models is then planned at intervals of approximately six months.

Qoros aims to achieve top scores on both European and Chinese crash tests for all its models.

The Qoros sedan is 4615 mm long and 1839 mm wide and will come with a choice of two - naturally aspirated or turbo-charged - four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engines, both of which feature VVT (variable valve timing). Both engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an optional six-speed dual clutch transmission available for both. A stop-start system will be available from launch.

An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is a standard feature of all Qoros 3 Sedan model variants.

The Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept is possible crossover with a hatchback body and hybrid drivetrain. A three-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine is installed transversely at the front, an electric motor above the rear axle, and a second electric motor – the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) – is mounted between the petrol engine and the transmission.  The interaction of the two drive units and the ISG creates an innovative all-wheel driving experience.

Qoros 3 Estate Concept suggests a stationwagon is also planned.

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