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Qoros 3 City SUV Debuts at the Guangzhou International Auto Show

It's been only a year and a bit since Qoros launched its first model – the 3 Sedan. A few months after than, ex-MINI designer Gert Hildebrand penned the 3 Hatch and now here we are, in the presence of the Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T compact urban crossover.
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Qoros Auto may've been founded in Wuhu, China 7 years ago, yet the Chinese-Israeli manufacturing company is on the offensive with pretty good products if you throw your brand snobbery pants aside. The 3 Hatch is something like a VW Golf with the materials and fit & finish of a Seat Leon, which is very high praise for a family-oriented car made in the Far East.

From the looks of it, the all-new Qoros 3 City SUV doesn't disappoint either. The crossover sibling of the 3 lineup is your typical compact urban crossover, scheduled to go on sale in China before the end of December 2014 with prices starting from RMB 140,000.

That's the equivalent of $22,850, €18,439 or £14,590 according to current exchange rates...

...and that isn't half bad for a C-segment vehicle that comes packed with stuff from the get-go. Speaking of which, a 1.6-liter turbo four-pot is under the bonnet, sending 156 ponies and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

On the NEDC cycle, fuel economy is amongst the best in the compact segment, the City SUV achieving 6.8 l/100km (34.5 US mpg) with the manual and 6.9 l/100km (34 US mpg) with the six-speed automatic.

Compared to the 3 Hatch, the City SUV gets a wider track, longer wheelbase and a bit higher ground clearance. As for suspension goodies, the crossover SUV features MacPherson struts at the front and an OMEGA-shaped twist beam at the rear for a good compromise between fair handling and a compliant ride.

At launch, the brand new Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T will offer customers a choice of four trim specifications – Active, Style, Style Plus and Excite. You can find out what those pack from the release attached below.

press release
 
 
 
 
 

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