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Mike Stevens | Jun, 19 2014 | 8 Comments

Chinese-Israeli startup Qoros has revealed what could be a glimpse of a new flagship model planned for the year 2020.

For now, however, the ‘Qoros 9’ concept is strictly a design study, unveiled at the Coventry University Degree Show in the UK this week.

The new 9 concept, which would sit well above the small ‘3’ range that is already available in Europe, is the work of Qoros intern Jihoon Seo.

The 29 year-old Korean design student, a student at Coventry, spent five months working with the Qoros team in Shanghai as part of a sponsored final-year project.

"Qoros is a rapidly growing brand and we are dedicated to helping and educating young, up-and-coming talent. Finding the very best talent will be a crucial success factor for our company in the future,” Qoros design boss Gert Volker Hildebrand said.

“Jihoon is the eighth design intern we have welcomed at Qoros in just the past few years and we will continue to offer internships to the brightest students.”

Seo says he designed the 9 with a view to attracting buyers in the “40 to 50 year-old professional” segment, focusing on a premium four-door coupe look for the modern urban market.

The concept showcases clear influences through the rear and profile, while the front features a wing-like grille and headlight space dominated by the large Qoros grille.

The concept also sees the conventional door mirrors replaced with a camera system - a technology that, if motoring bodies have their way, could soon become the next piece of standard equipment with new models.

It remains to be seen if a model like the Qoros 9 will ever reach market, although we can likely expect a decision to swing on the success of the current ‘3’ range.

The 3 made news in January when it became the first Chinese car to achieve a 5-Star safety rating with Euro NCAP. Final testing later confirmed the 3 as the best-scoring car of the 2013 test series.

Available in Europe right now, the 3 line-up will also make its Chinese market debut later this month.

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