New Golf-sized crossover, which is the third model from start-up brand Qoros, shown in Geneva, but European sales are still undecided

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.

The rear bench can be split 60:40, or folded completely to increase the boot capacity to a maximum of 1105 litres.

Depending on the variant, the engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch automatic with the same amount of speeds. The manual-equipped City SUV can cover 0-62mph in 10.1secs, with the automatic taking 0.7sec longer.

Fuel economy for the slightly more frugal manual version is 42mpg, according to the manufacturer's claims.

Like the other Qoros 3 variants, the City SUV’s suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and an twist beam rear axle. Several chassis modifications have been made to ensure that the City SUV has similar ride and handling characteristics to the hatchback, despite its higher centre of gravity.

Autocar understands that a full-on Qoros SUV is also well on the way to the showrooms. Although launch sales have been slow for the brand in its Chinese home market, the company has opened a new design studio in central Munich as part of its expansion plans.

Qoros was created in a joint-venture between Chinese carmaker Chery and investment fund Israel Corporation. Reports in the Chinese media have suggested that the Israel Corporation might withdraw from the partnership. This has been denied, despite figures that show that Qoros lost £87m in the first half of 2014. 

Chinese media reports say that the Israel Corporation has invested a total of £383m into the Qoros project so far, although that is a relatively small sum as far as automotive investments go, the sum has resulted in two new cars (the Qoros 3 hatch and saloon) and a new factory and a medium-size SUV, which is in the late stages of development. Qoros is not expected to reach profitability before 2016.

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21 November 2014
..the car for those who hate cars.

21 November 2014
I see this car as a counterbalance to the shameless Evoque copy mentioned elsewhere. Suggests there is a future in the Chinese auto industry.
Apart from the front (which is too elaborate and unfocused for my liking) this looks good, especially its profile with the gently sloping top window line coupled with the high waistline.
It also makes sense to be able to sit higher and have a better view out without the car being as high as a SUV
If the engineering and material qualities are good enough, I can see this model making it in Europe.

21 November 2014
...please welcome the New Rover Streetwise!

Oh, hang on... that was still made in China until 2010 - as the MG3 SW!

23 February 2015
Which means that they should try to sell it in the States. Otherwise it isn't bad looking and as long as the powertrain isn't agricultural this may become popular as long as people aren't too worried about the badge.

23 February 2015
I like the rear styling, the front reminds me of a mk2 Renault Laguna/ Overall, not a bad effort, but they still have some way to go

23 February 2015
Better looking than most of the other Chinese brands i have seen and a welcome change from the blatant copies of European designs that seem to be a feature of some Chinese manufacturers. A bit too much chrome around the front, but that is a minor point really and probably down to cultural taste differences in China compared to Europe. Maybe Qoros will the first truly Chines car brand to be acceptable in the rest of the world.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

24 February 2015
Reading the unpleasant snide comments saddens me. I would like to remind you all about a company called DATSUN and how my father laughed and cringed (as an ex pilot in the RAF ) - but then came others and today we regard them as excellent wheels, Hyundai - Kia - we laghed our socks off, but not so much any more. I think the folk here are very narrow minded and unreasonably so. This is basically only their 3rd car and it sure looks a lot better than anything that Datsun/Hyundai etc churned out on their first efforts. Agricultural performance wont help them but the design is very pleasing

what's life without imagination

5 March 2015
This is a surprisingly good looking car IMHO!

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