15 de fevereiro de 2013

Qoros finally shows their three new cars for the Geneva Motor Show

The half Chinese, half Israelite company has finally revealed what they are bringing to the Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks. Qoros will introduce the production version of the Qoros 3 Sedan, together with two new concepts: The Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept and the Qoros 3 Estate Concept. Those two cars look almost production ready so we don't expect to see big changes for the production cars.

The Qoros 3 Sedan is actually a good looking car. It is approximately 4615mm long and 1839mm wide, so it is rather large for its segment. Engine options include two four-cylinder 1.6 liter units, one naturally-aspirated with an output of 126hp (93kW) and 155Nm, and a turbocharged version producing 156hp (115kW) and 210Nm of maximum torque. Both engines have a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with a six-speed dual clutch transmission as optional.

Qoros, together with AVL, is working on a three-cylinder 1.2liter turbocharged engine and an all-new four-cylinder 1.6liter turbocharged engine, both with GDI (gasoline direct injection). In the interior it is worth mentioning the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is standrad in all version of the Qoros 3 Sedan.

The first of the concepts is the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid which is a crossover with a hatchback body and an advanced hybrid drivetrain, composed of a three-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine, an electric motor above the rear axle, and a second electric motor called the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) mounted between the petrol engine and the transmission.

The last car is the Qoros 3 Estate which is basically the Sedan with an elongated roofline and a larger tailgate allowing for a larger luggage capacity. Engines options should be the same of the Sedan.

Sales of the Qoros 3 Sedan will start in China in the second half of 2013, with the first European sales following later in the year. Production will take place in a new assembly plant in Changshu, China, and the development had the help of well known companies like Magna Steyr, TRW, Continental, Bosch, Getrag, Benteler, Lear, Microsoft, Harman, Neusoft-Alpine and Iconmobile.