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Qoros Teases Second New Model For Europe, '3 Cross' SUV Likely Photo:
Mike Stevens | Dec, 30 2013 | 1 Comment

New Chinese-Israeli carmaker Qoros has released a pair of 'teaser' illustrations for its second new production model, slated to debut at March's Geneva Motor Show.

There's little here to be surprised by, however, with the artwork clearly pointing to a production debut for the 3 Cross SUV that first appeared as a thinly-veiled concept in February.

Based on the 3 Sedan already available in Europe, the 3 Cross and its 3 Estate wagon platform mate are expected to join the carmaker's production range in 2014.

As a concept, the 3 Cross is powered by a petrol-electric hybrid system that combines a 97kW 1.2 litre three-cylinder turbo engine at the front axle, and a 50kW electric motor driving the rear.

A second smaller electric motor is mounted between the petrol engine and the transmission, acting both as a starter motor for the engine and as a generator for the main electric motor's battery pack.

Dubbed 'Integrated Starter Generator (ISG)', the smaller motor can also deliver extra power to the front axle. With all units working together, Qoros says the petrol-hybrid system gives the 3 Cross a "provisional" 0-100km/h time of 7.0 seconds.

Qoros claims the 3 Cross Hybrid can be driven in pure-electric mode at a speed of up to 120 km/h, and for a maximum range of approximately four kilometres

Whether we'll see this powertrain in the production model, however, remains to be seen.

The 3 Estate, on the other hand, will utilise the same 93kW/155Nm naturally-aspirated and 116kW/210Nm turbocharged 1.6 litre engines found in the sedan.

In 2013, the Qoros 3 Sedan became the first Chinese car to achieve a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating.

There remains no official word on an Australian launch for the Qoros brand, although it has confirmed that a local debut is being actively investigated.

For now, the Qoros range is built in left-hand-drive only.

Above: the Qoros 3 Cross 'Concept' hybrid.
Above: the Qoros 3 Cross 'Concept' hybrid.

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