Set to be built in Changshu (alongside the Qoros 3 Sedan) and launched in China around mid-year, the young Chinese carmaker’s second model is differentiated from its booted brother by a new front grille and front bumper, plus fog and tail lamp designs.
Essence, Experience, Experience Plus and Elegance trims have been announced, as have nine-spoke 205/60 R16, multi-spoke 215/50 R17 and five-quad spoke 225/45 R18 alloys.
Above the projector headlamps sit LED DRL ‘eyebrows’. Elegance variants get self-levelling and cornering Xenon headlamps with washers. The tail lamps feature light guides, and there are twin reversing and rear fog lamps. Twin tailpipes for the turbo variant; single hidden tailpipe otherwise.
Also new are the C-pillars, roof, rear side panels, tailgate and a rear roof cross-member for increased torsional rigidity. Length, width, height and wheelbase are 4,400 mm, 1,839 mm, 1,445 mm and 2,690 mm respectively.
The tailgate opening is 1,080 mm wide (50 mm up from the sedan). The boot holds 403 litres with the 60:40-split back seats up and 1,410 litres up to the roof with them folded down.
It gets the sedan’s engines – 1.6 litre four-cylinder in naturally-aspirated (126 hp/155 Nm, six-speed manual) and turbocharged (156 hp/210 Nm, six-speed manual or six-speed Getrag 6DCT250 dry-dual clutcher) forms. Kerb weights range from 1,320 to 1,410 kg; fuel economy from 6.1 to 6.5 litres per 100 km.
Up front, you’ll find independent MacPherson struts with stabilisers and ventilated disc brakes; out back there’s an Omega-shaped twist beam and solid discs. Electric power steering, ABS, EBD, Isofix and six airbags are standard across the range.
In China from launch, Experience variants and up get ESC, BA, Cornering Brake Control, Hill Assist and auto brake disc cleaning, while Experience Plus and up get TPMS. Naturally, it’s expected to match the Qoros 3 Sedan’s outstanding 2013 Euro NCAP performance.
Unsurprisingly, the dashboard seems a carry-over from the sedan, but Qoros says the Lava Black and Sand Beige interior shades, along with the fabric, fabric/leather mix and leather upholstery patterns are new.
Standard across the range for China is Qoros’ eight-inch 800×600 capacitive MMH touch-screen system. It supports swipe and multi-touch, and offers navigation and Bluetooth, amongst others. It’s enhanced by QorosQloud, which offers 3G, vehicle monitoring, social networking and enhanced navigation.
QorosQloud is Windows Azure-based and is delivered via China Unicom’s 3G network. Besides the MMH, its services can also be accessed from a smartphone, tablet, laptop or the QorosQloud app.
Most of the services are free-for-life, but they can be enhanced with QorosQloud Premium Services, which include Dynamic Traffic Info, Dynamic Parking Info and Map Update features.
Equipment-wise, Essence gets keyless go, air-con, twin rear vents and a four-speaker 100W sound system. Experience adds dual-zone auto air-con, ‘dusk-sensing’ headlamps, a reverse camera and sensors, six-speaker 150W sound and rear armrest cupholders.
Experience Plus adds a powered sunroof, and finally Elegance gets all the bells and whistles, including cruise control, heated and powered front seats with two memory settings, full keyless, auto-folding wing mirrors, an air-con glovebox and red LED ambient lighting.