Jaecoo J7 PHEV previewed in Malaysia – 1.5 TGDi with 347 PS/525 Nm, 88 km EV range; DC charging, V2L

Jaecoo J7 PHEV previewed in Malaysia – 1.5 TGDi with 347 PS/525 Nm, 88 km EV range; DC charging, V2L

The Jaecoo J7 PHEV that was first unveiled at Auto China 2024 in Beijing last month has also been shown at the recent Malaysia Autoshow 2024, where the brand also previewed its all-electric J6.

Under the bonnet of the J7 PHEV is a 1.5 litre TGDi petrol engine that boasts of a thermal efficiency of 44.5%, according to Jaecoo. This is mated to a dedicated hybrid transmission (DHT) with an electric motor in front, coming together to bring a combined output of 347 PS and 525 Nm of torque.

For comparison, the ICE version of the Jaecoo J7 is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 197 PS and 290 Nm of torque, transmitted to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Electricity reserves offered by the J7 PHEV enable the plug-in hybrid SUV to travel up to 88 km on battery power alone, while full hybrid running offers a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km, or 20.4 km per litre. Run in full hybrid mode, Jaecoo says the J7 PHEV can attain a combined range, with a full 60 litre fuel tank and fully charged battery, of more than 1,200 km.

What sets the Jaecoo J7 PHEV apart from most plug-in hybrid vehicles is its ability to take DC fast charging, as shown by the presence of a CCS2 charging port on the J7 PHEV. Its electrical capabilities also include V2L (vehicle-to-load), offering external power output to appliances from the vehicle.

While specific details on the J7 PHEV are still thin on the ground, it would appear that the plug-in hybrid is coming closer to its Malaysian market arrival, given that the show car is a right-hand-drive unit. Dashboard architecture is carried over from the pure ICE-powered J7, where a 10.25-inch driver’s instrument display is accompanied by a 14.8-inch, portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment display.

Where the J7 PHEV cabin notably differs is in the centre console, with the omission of the transmission selector lever on the petrol variant, with the pair of cupholders now side by side rather than set in tandem longitudinally. The drive mode rotary selector on the petrol J7 is now part of a simplfied row of buttons on the J7 PHEV.

At its preview in January this year, the Jaecoo J7 has been estimated to be priced from around RM150k for the FWD variant, and from RM160k for the AWD variant in the petrol-powered forms. What do you think of the J7 plug-in hybrid?

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • youngun on May 31, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    With the ICE version already approaching 150k this PHEV can be how attractive?

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    • Mehalpening on Jun 01, 2024 at 7:15 pm

      if it is a chery,
      it is called chery 探索06 1.6T 290Nm,
      only priced from 116,900 yuan to 139,900 yuan.

      so for PHEV version,
      it is called chery 探索06 C-DM 1.5T-DHT
      pure EV mode: 93km (WLTC) or 120km (CLTC)
      only priced from 129,900 yuan to 139,900 yuan.

      it is not more expensive.

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      • Momos on Jun 07, 2024 at 8:49 pm

        探索悦野06 – 2WD ranging from 116,900 to 126,900 yuan
        探索悦野06 – 4WD ranging from 129,900 to 169,900 yuan
        探索06 C-DM – ranging from 129,900 to 139,900 yuan

        With this kind of pricing strategy, when it came to M’sia, can still maintain the competitiveness?

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    • Pro-Palestine on Jun 02, 2024 at 8:59 am

      Its a colab between the king Chery and Land Rover. For 70% less price you get a better car than Land Rover. Seems extremely attractive to me. It will sell like hot cakes.

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  • Jason Tan on Jun 05, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    This is really good for buyers. If not for these China cars, we all will be strangled squeezed by Conti and Jap manufacturers. Many years ago, rarely we electric seat, auto lights and many highway autopilot features.

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  • peppa crying on Jun 07, 2024 at 12:20 am

    regardless of how hard peppa bashes, after subsidy rationalise kicks in and ron95 is priced above rm3, fuel efficient cars will become hot seller.

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