Chinese automaker Chery releases more details of its Frankfurt auto show SUV concept, saying it is drawing on established European suppliers’ expertise to aid its global expansion plans.
“Europe is one of the most mature automotive marketplaces in the world and is home to the most demanding and sophisticated customers,” Chery says in a news release.
“We are leaving nothing to chance to ensure our new model line is engineered to meet and even exceed expectations.
“Our entire development program is driven by the philosophy to ensure we leave a very positive and compelling first impression.”
Chery says it has commissioned some of Europe’s top suppliers in the development of its SUV which will be the first to bear a new hood badge for global markets.
Germany’s Benteler helped design its platform to accommodate electrified powertrains, the all-wheel-drive system has been co-engineered with Dana and BorgWarner and the transmissions are supplied by and integrated with Getrag. Valeo adds various technologies such as the clutch and advanced driver-assist systems.
Bosch is supplying the 10-in. (25-cm) touchscreen head unit and 7-in. (18-cm) touchscreen cluster display and also is responsible for various safety and engine management components.
The LED headlamp and rear lamp units have been developed by Hella, while Continental is providing applications to support the vehicle’s electronic architecture. This drives the car’s connectivity features, security and convenience controls. Continental also supplies the tires for the 19-in. wheels.
The new European model will be made available with three electrified powertrains: hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric or battery-electric.
Chery claims its PHEV variant will reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.0 seconds, with a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h) and fuel consumption of 130 mpg (1.8 L/100 km). The battery should fast-charge to 80% in 30 minutes and reach full charge from a domestic 220-volt source in four hours.
As part of its global expansion plans, Chery is planning new design and R&D facilities in Europe.