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Also on the Chery stand at the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2015, besides the Arrizo M7 (Maxime) and Tiggo 5 1.5T, are two new-energy vehicles that the Chinese carmaker could soon launch – the Arrizo 7 PHEV and Arrizo 3 EV.

Displayed as a carbon-fibred concept in Beijing last year, the Arrizo 7 PHEV incorporates Chery’s new iPOWER system, which joins ACTECO traditional energy with ETECO new energy. The result of 18 years of development, iPOWER encompasses hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric vehicle and start/stop technology.

In the case of the Arrizo 7 PHEV, a 1.6 litre E4G16 DOHC four-cylinder engine joins forces with a 355-volt lithium-ion battery and a CVT gearbox to offer a claimed fuel economy of 2.2 litres per 100 km and a 50 km electric-only range. Chery claims a full charge takes four to six hours from a 220-volt household source.

Meanwhile, the little Arrizo 3 EV’s claims are no less impressive, including a 260 km range and a 30-minute charge time to 80% battery, but other numbers are scarce. In China, Chery currently sells the eQ, an electric version of the QQ city car, for around 160,000 yuan (RM93k), without incentives.