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Qoros to make Chinese debut at Shanghai

Qoros to make Chinese debut at Shanghai

Latest Chinese manufacturer prepares for its first domestic motor show

Qoros will make its Chinese debut at the Shanghai motor show later this month. It will exhibit the 3 saloon and two other concepts, the 3 Cross Hybrid and 3 estate.

The entire Qoros brand made its global debut at the Geneva motor show, and Shanghai marks the first time a Qoros has been publicly shown in its home country. The Qoros 3 is due on sale in China in the second half of this year, with European sales beginning soon after.

In Britain, the 3 will be aimed at compact saloons such as the VW Jetta. It is based on a modular platform that will allow further additions to the Qoros range to be introduced frequently, with a time frame of between six and 12 months claimed.

An exhaustive testing schedule aims to ensure the 3 is competitive in Europe. Qoros is aiming for a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, and every 3 comes equipped with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Qoros’s pair of concepts appear close to production. The 3 estate is clearly derived from the saloon and will feature similar running gear. Its greater load capacity will make it more popular than the saloon in Britain, where traditional four-door cars have fallen out of favour.

The 3 Cross Hybrid aims to take a share of the lucrative crossover market and features a hybrid 4WD drivetrain.

Matt Bird