Qoros announced that in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it will unveil its second production model that will go on sale in China later next year. The new model from Qoros is based on the Qoros 3 Sedan and according to the company it was created for young, modern, always connected metropolitan customer.
The new model features a redesigned front grille, unique rear LED lamp clusters as well as he innovative QorosQloud infotainment system accessed via an eight-inch touchscreen. Many of you may wonder how come Qoros is rolling out another vehicle, right? According to the official press release, the Chinese company will introduce a new models every six-to-twelve months and the rapid sequence of model introduction is possible thanks to the innovative modular platform used and the flexible product development processes.
As we said, the second production model is based on the Qoros 3 Sedan and it appears to be a stylish hatchback but more details will be revealed next year.
The new Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept evolves, albeit slightly, the styling that made its debut on the production sedan. It is marked by balanced proportions, elegant lines and short body overhangs, as well as a coupé-like roof line flowing into the large hatchback tailgate. The boldly shaped rear end comes with horizontally oriented lines that help accentuate its needs.
Up front, the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept looks similar to the Qoros 3 Sedan, although the technology study is differentiated by bespoke accents on its face. For instance, the lower air inlet located at the bottom of the trapezoidal grille now stretches further back to highlight the dynamic frontal stance of the concept. The fog lamps now feature rounded contours.
Meanwhile, the headlamp clusters, which have top edges that have LED bars serving as daytime running lights, are adopted from the Qoros 3 Sedan. These headlamps stretch far into the flanks and into a contour edge, which flows through the door handles and rises rearwards. The concept, however, is provided with distinct rear light clusters sporting compact horizontal LED light bars.
The Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept boasts of a high ground clearance and specific design elements that help convey its robust, versatile nature. Hinting at the concept’s off-road capability are its front and rear underbody protections, as well as uprated suspension and damper systems.
For higher levels of driving pleasure and efficiency, the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept is equipped with a hybrid drive and all-wheel system. As part of the brand’s core strategic activity, Qoros develops groundbreaking engineering solutions. One of these is the advanced hybrid drive system in the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept, as developed in partnership with American Axle, a specialist in electric drive systems.
This advanced hybrid drive employs a 97-kW (130 bhp) three-cylinder 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine -- installed transversely at the front -- to drive the front wheels. The rear wheels, meanwhile, are propelled by a 50-kW electric motor accommodated between the luggage compartment floor and the rear axle. This positioning is strategic for power transfer and keeps the motor safely isolated from rear collision impacts. The electric motor gets its juice from a 1.9 kWh LG Chem lithium-ion battery.