CHERY isn’t a brand many people are overly familiar with, but that didn’t stop the Chinese manufacturer from unveiling a new model at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.
The brand is one of China’s largest car makers and it’s hoping to make a big splash with its first European car, soon to be available as a plug-in hybrid, hybrid and fully electric vehicle.
The Exeed TX is the brand’s new compact SUV, and it’s been designed especially for the European market. Here are five things you need to know about it.
Three different powertrains
Chery has confirmed that the Exeed TX will be available as a plug-in hybrid, a regular hybrid and as a fully electric vehicle.
The plug-in hybrid will be the first variant to go on sale, and will be followed by the hybrid and the electric versions at a later date.
The first Chery to be sold in Europe
Although Chery might be one of China’s largest car makers, it has never produced a vehicle for the European market - until now.
The Exeed TX is set to launch in Europe “within a few years”.
It’s going to be fast
Chery claims that the plug-in hybrid version of the Exeed TX will produce a total power output of 262bhp from its 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor.
This means the SUV will be able to complete the sprint from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds – which isn’t exactly slow for a car of this size.
Range and charging are competitive
Running on its electric motor alone, the Exeed TX can travel as far as 43 miles at 75mph and the battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in as little as 30 minutes with a rapid charger.
As far as fuel economy is concerned, the Exeed TX can manage a claimed combined figure of 157mpg according to NEDC standards.
It has an impressive amount of tech
Standard equipment is generous, and includes a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that incorporates smartphone connectivity, voice recognition and even a wi-fi hotspot.