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QOROS-3-Hatch--Geneva-2014-03

The multi-ethnic team at Qoros is keeping its promises with the precision of a Swiss watch and is going back to the Geneva motor show with its second model in the range ready for production. One year after the announcement of the Qoros 3 Sedan, here comes the Qoros 3 Hatch, with its two-box and 5 doors architecture extending over a length of 4.4 metres. Although it is as much as 215 mm shorter than the Sedan, the Hatch shares the same wheelbase of the Sedan and thus it comes with a comfortable wheelbase of 2.69 metres.

The looks provided by the images released by the young Sino-Chinese maker, create a good impression and this is to no surprise. It is the work of German and much experienced designer Gert Hildebrand, one of the most creative and passionate designers around. Indeed, the 3 Hatch looks even better balanced than the 3 Sedan it is derived from.

  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
    QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014

    The advantage points come from the 2690 mm. long wheelbase, longer than in the Golf and Mercedes-Benz B-Class, and unusual for its class. This will be a plus in most markets, starting with China. So is its overall length, reaching 4,438 mm. The Qoros 3 Hatch is as much as 80 mm. longer than a Golf 7, only 8 mm. higher but is 40 mm. wider.

    The height is in-line with the best European competitors. As a result, overall dimensions, short overhangs (front and rear) and perfect proportions are on its side. What needs to be seen is its wider main-section and its effect on aerodynamics, fuel consumption and – consequently - emissions.

  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
    QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014

    Beside the benefit of the look, the greater width also means that the five passengers cabin is going to be one of the most roomy and comfortable in its class; and the company is filling it with plenty of goodies. To simplify (and steer) the choice of its buyers Qoros will be offering four trim specifications – Essence, Experience, Experience Plus and Elegance – with rising levels of standard equipment. All models come with a high-resolution 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen infotainment system and will offer 3G connectivity.

  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
    QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014

    The same design passion and discipline of exterior and interior is to be found under the front bonnet that looks as tidy and nice as in premium German cars.

    Under the bonnet one can find one of the two DOHC 1.6-litre 16-valve engines variable valve timing, also shared with the Sedan. One is the naturally-aspirated unit, with variable induction system, credited of 93 kW (126 bop) and maximum torque of 155 Nm at 3,900 rpm. The second engine is turbocharged and power output is up 24% to 115 kW (156 HP) with torque reaching to 210 Nm over a broad rev range between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm. With the six-speed dual-clutch transmission deliver 9.7 seconds acceleration time and top speed of 210 km/h.

    According to Executive Director of Design, Gert Volker Hildebrand, who lead two design teams in Munich and Shanghai «Hatchback buyers and sedan buyers are very different consumer groups, both remarkably loyal to their preferred body style, and it is for this reason that we focused on creating a bold, compact and dynamic form for the Hatch, incorporating many visual cues which younger consumers regard as synonymous with trendy, sporty vehicles.”{jcomments on}

    QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
    QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
    QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
  • QOROS 3 Hatch @ Geneva 2014
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