Chinese start-up brand Qoros has brought its new 3 City SUV to the Geneva motor show.
First unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show in China last year, the 3 City SUV is based on the company’s 3 hatchback, though gets larger wheels, more ground clearance and more rugged styling. The engine is Qoros's familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit in 154bhp form.
Qoros describes the 3 City SUV as "the pinnacle of the range" and says the new model is aimed at "a more premium metropolitan lifestyle." The car is already on sale in China, with prices starting from RMB 140,000 (equivalent to about £15,000).
Autocar understands no firm European launch date for the City SUV has yet been set, though it's likely to take a number of years for the brand to reach the UK fully.
A high-riding version of the standard 3 hatchback, the 3 City SUV is 1504mm high, has a wheelbase of 2694mm, is 1854mm wide and features a short rear overhang of 815mm.
Compared with the standard car, the tracks are increased by 9mm at the front and 2mm at the rear, while the wheelbase is 5mm longer.
The hip-point of the front seats is raised by 10mm, so the driver’s eye-level is 67mm higher than in the 3 Hatch.
There's additional body cladding, front and rear skid-plates, more pronounced wheel arches and a deeper rear bumper.
As standard, 17in alloys are fitted on most models, although the range-topper gets 18in wheels.
The City SUV is manufactured in the brand’s assembly plant in Changshu, 50 miles north-west of Shanghai, on the same production line as the 3 saloon and hatchback models.