Kamis, 13 Februari 2014

New Car: 2015 Qoros 3 Hatchback

The Qoros 3 hatchback will make its world debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

The new C-segment hatchback draws heavily on the styling of its 3 saloon sibling, and is designed to appear youthful and sporty to buyers. The 3 hatch is based on the same modular platform as its larger sibling but features new C-pillars and bodywork as well as a new rear roof cross-member, which Qoros says helps to maintain rigidity.

Both cars also share the same wheelbase, but the hathcback is 177mm shorter than the saloon. Qoros says that by keeping the saloon's relatively long wheelbase the hatch will offer "generous interior space for a vehicle in the compact segment".

The two Qoros siblings also share the same 1.6-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines, alongside a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission. Performance figures for the hatchback have yet to be revealed, but the 124bhp naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine is enough to propel the 3 saloon to 62mph in 11.6 seconds, dropping to 9.7 seconds when powered by the 154bhp turbocharged unit.

As well as its new rear tailgate, the 3 hatchback also gets new rear-light clusters, and a new front grille, bumper and fog lights to set it apart from the saloon. Qoros says these elements create a "bolder face" for the 3 hatchback.

Inside, the five-seat hatchback shares many of its features with the saloon, although new colour combinations and materials have been added for the new model. An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is included as standard. Featured as part of the 3's infotainment suite is QorosCloud, which offers 3G-based services like vehicle monitoring, social networking and 'enhanced navigation.'

The 3 hatchback will be available with four equipment levels at launch, with entry-level Essence models getting keyless start and air conditioning as standard. Experience trim adds dual-zone climate control, leather trim, and a rear parking camera. Experience Plus models get a large glass sunroof.
At the top of the range, Elegance trim adds cruise control, heated front seats, keyless entry and an upgraded anti-theft system.

No pricing information has yet been revealed, but the 3 saloon undercuts the MG 6 by almost £500 in China, with prices starting at RMB 119,900 (£12,144).

The 3 saloon was awarded the highest Euro NCAP score of 2013, with Qoros becoming the first Chinese-based brand to acheive a five-star safety rating.

Thanks to: Autocar

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