The five-seat Qoros 3 hatchback made its world debut at the Geneva motor show
The Qoros 3 hatchback will go on sale in China in the middle of this year
Qoros says the 4.4-metre long hatchback has class-leading space inside
The hatchback shares its platform with the Qoros 3 saloon
Four trim levels, dubbed Essence, Experience, Experience Plus and Elegance will be available at launch
The new Qoros is claimed to be designed to appeal to younger buyers
Engine options include naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engines
Both a six-speed manual gearbox and a dual-clutch transmission will be offered
Qoros is one of China's newest car brands, but has set its sights on international sales
The hatchback borrows the Qoros 3 saloon's range of 1.6-litre engines
An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard across the range
There's seating for five inside the Qoros 3 hatchback
The Qoros 3 hatch offers 403 litres of space with the rear seats up
Official pricing has yet to be announced, but it's thought the Qoros 3 will cost around £12,000 in China
The new C-segment hatchback draws heavily on the styling of the 3 saloon and is designed to appear youthful and sporty. The 3 hatch is based on the same modular platform as its larger saloon sibling but features new C-pillars and bodywork as well as a new rear roof cross-member, which Qoros says helps to maintain rigidity.
Both cars also share a wheelbase, but the hatchback is 177mm shorter than the saloon. Qoros says that by keeping the saloon's relatively long wheelbase the hatch will offer "generous interior space for a vehicle in the compact segment".
The saloon and hatch also share the same 1.6-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines, offered in league with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission. Performance figures for the hatchback have yet to be revealed, but the 124bhp naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine is enough to propel the 3 saloon to 62mph in 11.6sec, dropping to 9.7sec when powered by the 154bhp turbocharged unit.
As well as its new rear tailgate, the 3 hatchback gets new rear-light clusters, a new front grille, new bumper and different fog lights to set it apart from the saloon. Qoros says these elements create a "bolder face" for the hatchback.
Inside, the five-seat hatchback shares many of its features with the saloon, although new colour combinations and materials have been added. An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is included as standard.
Featured as part of the 3's infotainment suite is QorosCloud, which offers 3G-based services like vehicle monitoring, social networking and "enhanced navigation".
The 3 hatchback will be available with four equipment levels at launch, with entry-level Essence models getting keyless start and air conditioning as standard. Experience spec adds dual-zone climate control, leather trim, and a rear parking camera. Experience Plus models get a large glass sunroof.
At the top of the range, Elegance trim adds cruise control, heated front seats, keyless entry and an upgraded anti-theft system.
No pricing information has yet been revealed, but the 3 saloon undercuts the MG 6 by almost £500 in China, with prices starting at RMB 119,900 (£11,745).
The 3 saloon was awarded the highest Euro NCAP score of 2013, with Qoros becoming the first Chinese brand to achieve a five-star safety rating.