A new Chinese brand called Qoros will bring three cars to Geneva: A production ready sedan, a wagon concept, and a hybrid crossover hatchback concept aimed at European customers. While we have already discussed how some of the styling bits look rather similar, I believe it's worth it to take a second look at China's next attempt to break into the tough European market.
When launched in China, the Qoros 3 Sedan will be available with two versions of a 1.6-liter gas engine with variable valve timing. The naturally aspirated engine produces 138 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, while the turbocharged version gets 156 horses and 155 pound feet. Both are paired to a six-speed manual as standard, or to a dual clutch automatic as an option. Together with AVL, Qoros is also developing a new 1.6 turbo with direct injection, as well as an also turbocharged 1.2 three-cylinder engine.
That's the power plant the hybrid concept is using. While the engine is installed transversely at the front, two electric motors are mounted between the engine and the transmission. When the petrol engine, the electric motor above the rear axle and the second electric unit is working together, the hybrid becomes all-wheel drive.
The wagon is basically the same as the sedan, but with more space, as Europeans love a good estate.
We will check out China's newest offering at the Geneva Motor Show, but until then, check out the gallery, and tell us what you think!
Photo credit: Qoros