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Frankfurt Auto Show 2017: Chery to launch a new range of SUVs

Frankfurt Auto Show 2017: Chery to launch a new range of SUVs
Sagar Bhanushali Sagar Bhanushali Wednesday 13 September 2017, 21:56 PM

Chinese state owned carmaker Chery has some grand plans to sell cars in Europe. The brand, in fact, is looking to sell a range of technology focused and efficient electrified cars in Europe within the next few years.

Chery is expected to launch these cars under the EXEED nameplate and the first model to go on sale across Europe – the TX, will be a compact SUV designed mainly for young buyers. It is being revealed globally in pre-production form for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Rather interestingly, the TX will be offered with three electrified powertrains: a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV). The first configuration to go on sale will be the PHEV variant. This model will combine a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, powering the TX via an all-wheel-drive system through a 7-speed hybrid drive transmission.

With the combined power of the combustion engine and e-motor, the compact SUV will reach 100kmph in 6 seconds, with a top speed of 200kmph. The EXEED TX will be able to travel up to 120kmph for up to 70km in pure electric mode. The battery would fast-charge to 80 per cent in 30 minutes and reach full charge from a 220 V household supply in four hours.

Chery is evaluating the sales opportunity in key markets for future SUV and crossover models, and is planning new design and R&D facilities in Europe that will accelerate the brand’s plans for global expansion. When launched, the TX will be sold against cars like the Nissan Qashaqi and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

Source: AutoExpress


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