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Chery Arrizo 3 EV Pops Up at Shanghai with 260 km range

One of the biggest debuts from a Chinese manufacturer at the Shanghai Auto Show must’ve been the Chery Arrizo 3 EV. Seen out testing for quite some time now and leaving us wondering what it’s packing under the bonnet, the new EV looks cheaper than we expected in the metal.
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The standard Arrizo 3 has been on sale for quite some time now and uses a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine good for some 122 HP. The electric version we’re looking at for the first time today has an electric motor that makes 125 HP.

At the same time, the Chinese claim that the range of their electric vehicle will go as high as 260 km (156 miles) in standard mode and up to 300 km (186 miles) in eco mode. Those specs look absolutely incredible, but we won’t believe them until we actually get to test the car ourselves.

On the outside, things look exactly the same as on the regular model, nothing much being changed. Of course, some EV badges were included in the mix here and there to let people know you’re not driving just any Chery but other than that, there’s nothing that gives away the character of the car.

Inside, the cheap interior reminds you that this is a low-budget car still, with prices starting at around CNY100,000 ($16,000) which is not a lot, especially looking at the Chinese market. Even so, for that price tag, maybe some better materials could’ve been used along with more attention to the fit and finish.

Bottom line, the Chery Arrizo 3 EV could solve part of the problems China has to deal with in terms of pollution, especially if the government offers proper incentives for it. In the meantime, check it out live from the floor of the Shanghai Auto Show 2015.

 
 
 
 
 

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