Founded as a joint venture between Chinese automaker Chery and Israel Corporation, Qoros Auto was established in 2007 during a peak time in the development of China automotive industry. It’s main goal is to compete against well-established manufacturers in Europe and Asia before expanding to other continents. After signing a cooperation agreement with Magna Steyr in 2009, Qoros completed its first prototype in 2011. Two years later, the first production car, the Qoros 3, made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. On sale in China since late 2013, the 3 Sedan also spawned a hatch and a wagon, all of which were penned by ex-Mini designer Gert Hildebrand. As we pass onto the 2015 model year, Qoros is launching the fourth vehicle underpinned by its front-wheel-drive platform. This time it’s a crossover that goes by the name 3 City SUV.

As the name suggests, we’re dealing with a compact, car-like crossover. In fact, the City SUV is just a perched 3 hatch with plastic cladding around the edges and no off-road skills whatsoever. With Qoros one of the many Chinese automakers that could start selling cars in North America, we decided to take a closer look at this crossover and find out whether it would be a good fit for the U.S. market or not. Check out the full details after the break.

Click past the jump to read more about the Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T.

  • 2015 Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    156 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    154 @ 1750
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    127 mph
  • Price:
    22800
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The rectangular taillights, the chrome strip on the tailgate, and the large Qoros emblem dominate the rear fascia.

Design-wise, the City SUV borrows heavily from the 3 Hatch. That’s not a bad thing though, as the Qoros 3 is among the very few Chinese cars that actually sports an appealing design. The modern front fascia is equipped with LED headlamps, a unique front grille with a massive chrome frame, and a sculpted bumper. Down below, a skid-plate and body cladding add a touch of ruggedness to the otherwise hatch-like body.

The black cladding extends all the way up to the front wheel arches and incorporates the side sills before reaching the rear wheel arches. It continues around back where it includes another skid plate and a pair of large tail pipes. The rectangular taillights, the chrome strip on the tailgate, and the large Qoros emblem dominate the rear fascia. The protruding roof spoiler makes the City SUV look sportier than it really is, but that’s a trick automakers have been using for years in this segment.

The entry-level crossover comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, while 18-inch wheels can be had on the better-equipped versions. Five exterior paint options are available. The colors include solid Crystal White and four metallic hues: Starlight Black, Diamond Silver, Shimmer Grey, and Sunrise Red.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,452 MM (175.27 Inches)
Overall width 1,854 MM (72.99 Inches) (excluding door mirrors, 2,027 MM (79.80 Inches) including door mirrors)
Overall height 1,504 MM (59.21 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,694 MM (106.06 Inches)
Front overhang 9,43 MM (37.12 Inches)
Rear overhang 8,15 MM (32.08 Inches)
Front track 1,588 MM (62.51 Inches)
Rear track 1,577 MM (62.08 Inches)
Ground clearance 170 MM (6.69 Inches)
Aerodynamic Cd 0.346 8

Interior

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Granted, there's nothing exquisite about the City SUV's interior, but the overall package isn't bad either.

The cabin’s design is simple and clean, emphasizing the crossover’s roominess. A horizontal trim runs along the dashboard, separating the infotainment system and the controls from the upper section. The instrument cluster is also simple, but it appears to serve its purpose quite well. Glossy and aluminum-finished trims adorn the door panels, with white stitching decorating the seats, the hand brake and the gearshift lever. Granted, there’s nothing exquisite about the City SUV’s interior, but the overall package isn’t bad either. However, Qoros definitely needs to replace those rock-solid surfaces with softer materials before bringing this crossover Stateside.

Standard equipment includes the company’s Multi Media Hub infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows, electric mirrors and keyless start, with more features added as customers work their up toward the range-topping model. The Style trim, for instance, adds dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking camera, and QorosQloud 3G services for enhanced navigation and networking.

Select the Style Plus trim and you get leather-wrapped seats, heated front seats, and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof. Lastly, the range-topping Excite trim adds keyless entry and start, auto on/off headlamps, a rear parking camera with dynamic guideline and distance sensors, and full-cabin ambient lighting.

As far as practicality goes, the 3 City SUV offers up to 39 cubic feet of storage room with the rear seats down. 60:40 split rear seat backs are standard, while the Style Plus and Excite models come with a rear seat ski-hatch.

Interior Dimensions

Interior Front Rear
Headroom 972 MM (38.27 Inches) 960 MM (37.79 Inches)
Legroom 1,047 MM (41.22 Inches) 897 MM (35.31 Inches)
Shoulder room 1,446 MM (56.92 Inches) 1,427 MM (56.18 Inches)
Hip room 1,389 MM (54.68 Inches) 1,401 MM (55.15 Inches)

Drivetrain

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The benchmark drops dramatically to 10.8 seconds with the six-speed DCT automatic.

Motivating this crossover is a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. Developed with the European market in mind, the four-pot cranks out 156 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 154 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm.

When paired to a six-speed manual transmission, the 3 City SUV sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 10.1 seconds. The benchmark increases dramatically to 10.8 seconds with the six-speed DCT automatic. Top speed is achieved at 127 mph. Granted, these figures are far from impressive for a modern crossover, but decent for a vehicle that doesn’t have any performance credentials whatsoever.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type Turbocharged DOHC, 16-valve, four-cylinder gasoline, with VVT and multi-point injection
Displacement 1598 cc
Power 156 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 154 LB-FT @ 1,750 - 5,000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Top speed 205 Km/h (127 mph)
0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) 10.1 seconds

Suspension and Brakes

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Stopping power is provided by 12-inch ventilated disc brakes at the front and 11.2 solid disc brakes at the rear.

The City SUV uses the same suspension system as the Qoros 3 Hatch and 3 Sedan, meaning it rides on MacPherson struts at the front and an Omega-shaped twist beam out back. The Chinese automaker claims the crossovers delivers the same ride, handling and steering characteristics as its smaller siblings due to a heavily modified chassis.

Stopping power is provided by 12-inch ventilated disc brakesup front and 11.2 solid disc brakes on the rear. The ABS and ESC systems — developed in conjunction with TRW Automotive — are also borrowed from the Qoros 3 Hatch.

Prices

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The Qoros 3 City SUV is scheduled to go on sale in China in late December 2014 from RMB 140,000, which converts to $22,850 as of 11/24/2014. Should the City SUV come to America with a similar sticker, it will be enough to undercut every important competitor in the segment. However, an U.S.-spec model is likely to start from at least $26,000 with all the convenience and safety updates Qoros would need to add to stand a chance in America..

Competition

BMW X1

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Being one of the best-selling vehicles in this market, the X1 is a crossover Qoros needs to consider, especially since the 3 Sedan is also aimed at the BMW 3 Series. And although the X1 is no beauty contest winner, the German rig is packed with enough luxury and convenience features to obliterate competition, 3 City SUV included.

The X1 is also a more powerful choice, with the entry-level sDrive28i having a 2.0-liter inline-four with 240 horsepower at its disposal. The xDrive28i adds all-wheel-drive to the same powertrain. BMW also offers the xDrive35i in the U.S., which comes with a 3.0-liter inline-six under the hood. The mill cranks out 300 horsepower, nearly double what the City SUV’s drivetrain is capable of.

Pricing for the X1 starts from $30,900.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

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The GLA is also a newcomer to the compact crossover segment, but, unlike the Qoros 3 City SUV, it has all the credentials to compete against the BMW X1. The Merc is also one of the more stylish vehicles of the segment, with cues borrowed form the good-looking A-Class hatch. Like any Mercedes, the GLA can be equipped with the finest leathers and the company’s latest in terms of technology.

Only one model is available in the U.S., the GLA250. The badge stands for a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-banger that delivers 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The GLA needs only 6.4 seconds to charge from naught to 60 mph, making it almost four seconds quicker than the Qoros. Ouch!

The GLA doesn’t come cheap though, with Mercedes-Benz asking at least $32,225 before options and all-wheel-drive.

Conclusion

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Granted, Qoros has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to bring the 3 City SUV to North America. Compact crossovers may be increasingly popular these days, but customer demand has reached a new level in which a perched hatchback is no longer enough. With most drivers demanding more horsepower and premium features over affordable stickers, companies such as the Chinese can only survive by offering a comprehensive package that blends all these feats.

But after becoming the first Chinese automaker to receive a five-star safety rating from EuroNCAP, Qoros seems the most likely manufacturer to try and brings its products Stateside. At least they have a shot at passing the stringent safety requirements on this side of the pond.

  • Leave it
    • Needs more power
    • Poorly equipped entry-level trims
    • Not coming to the U.S. anytime soon

Press Release

Modern distinctive design, ideal for an active city lifestyle, commanding driving position, excellent connectivity, high safety standards

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New international car brand, Qoros, is revealing its third series production car, the new Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T, at the 2014 Guangzhou International Auto Show. The pinnacle of the range, the compact City SUV is designed and engineered to appeal to consumers with an appetite for living life to the full, and who are looking for a car to fit into their active, premium, city lifestyle. With its distinctive, modern design it has the flexibility to balance the requirements of the urban commute with the pursuit of weekend leisure activities in the countryside. The new compact urban SUV is scheduled to go on sale before the end of December 2014 with prices starting from RMB 140,000.

Sitting 67mm higher than the 3 Hatch, City SUV drivers benefit from a more commanding driving position that delivers a sense of control, safety and security. For day-to-day city driving the City SUV provides better visibility for the driver, while the increased ride height ensures easier entry and egress. For out-of-town leisure activities, the new model offers higher ground clearance, larger wheels and robust body protection. The higher ride height enhances driveability and manoeuvrability to give the driver more confidence on rough or uneven road surfaces.

Developed by an international team of experienced specialists and new, young automotive talent from China, the Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T exhibits the top quality engineering and excellent safety standards with which Qoros is making a powerful global impression.

The City SUV is being manufactured in the brand’s new highly-efficient and environmentally-sustainable assembly plant in Changshu, 80km north-west of Shanghai, on the same production line as the 3 Sedan and 3 Hatch.

Exterior design

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The new Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T features a bold evolution of distinctive signature Qoros design cues, although aesthetic enhancements give the car a unique character and reflect the individualistic preferences of its target customers.

For the compact class, the Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T features a comparatively long wheelbase (2694mm), generous width (1854mm), and a short rear overhang (815mm). These elegan proportions suit perfectly the vehicle’s bold, high stance (1504mm), distinctive body cladding and detailed styling.

At the front, additional cladding and a front skid-plate give the face a more rugged, masculine look. The round fog lights are set into boldly-contoured recesses that wrap around the bumper, details that provide energy and poise.

The side profile features bold wheel arches – defined by protective body cladding which continues along the side sills and doors – along with larger wheels and tyres and the larger two-part, two-colour roof spoiler.

The deep rear bumper (part body colour, part graphite) features twin exhaust pipes which are set into a new silver rear skid-plate to provide added protection when traversing poor road conditions.

Reinforcing its increased ride height, the City SUV is offered with large alloy wheels. As standard, 17-inch alloys are fitted on Active, Style and Style Plus models and 18-inch designs on the range-topping Excite model.

The Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T will be available in a range of five exterior paint colours – all available without extra cost: Crystal White (solid), Starlight Black, Diamond Silver, Shimmer Grey and Sunrise Red (all metallic).

Interior

In common with all Qoros models, the City SUV’s cabin is dominated by a clean, horizontal design theme that emphasises the spacious interior. 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, giving a commanding view of the road.

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When launched in China, the Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T will offer customers a choice of four trim specifications – Active, Style, Style Plus and Excite.

Standard features on all versions of the City SUV include the brand’s innovative Qoros MMH™ (Multi Media Hub) infotainment system, Bluetooth® for hands free calling and wireless music streaming, all-round electric windows, electric exterior mirrors that feature turn indicator repeaters, and dual exhaust pipes.

Interior feature highlights on the entry-level Active models include keyless start, 17-inch alloy wheels and manual air-conditioning.

The Style models will also benefit from the six-speed QorosTroniq™ 6DCT automatic transmission, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control and a rear parking camera, as well as advanced QorosQloud™ 3G connected services with enhanced navigation and networking.

Buyers of Style Plus models also receive leather seats with the front seats heated and electrically adjustable, plus automatic door mirror folding, a tyre pressure indicator and a powered tilt/slide sunroof.

Top-of-the-range Excite models add Xenon headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and keyless start, ‘dusk-sensing’ auto on/off headlights, a rear parking camera with dynamic guideline and distance sensors, and full cabin ambient lighting.

As befits a model designed to deliver optimal lifestyle practicality to active customers, the standard 60:40 split rear seatbacks fold individually to optimise cargo carrying flexibility. Folding both seatbacks down increases cargo capacity to 1,105 litres when loaded to the roof. Style Plus and Excite models incorporate a rear seat ski-hatch.

In addition to the 2.8-litre glovebox (air-conditioned on Excite models), there are numerous further storage compartments, including in the front centre console and front arm rest, as well as wide door pockets in all four doors and front seatback pockets.

Refinement in the interior is optimised thanks to extensive NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) and acoustics development, which was a high priority for Qoros’ vehicle development team. It succeeded in controlling and suppressing vibrations and noise from within the vehicle – engine, transmission and other components – as well as those triggered externally, such as tyre roar and wind noise.

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QorosQloud™ connectivity and touchscreen infotainment

QorosQloud – the portal to an exclusive suite of connected services – will be included as standard on Style, Style Plus and Excite models in the Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T range. QorosQloud is part of Qoros’ strategic objective to be innovative and creative in meeting the lifestyle needs of the modern, metropolitan consumer.

Accessed in the City SUV via the advanced eight-inch Qoros MMH™ system (see next section), QorosQloud services can also be accessed from a dedicated website and apps for Apple iOS and Android. As a result, QorosQloud is integrated across customers’ connected devices and enhances the way they interact with and incorporate their car into their digital lives. This creates a closer connection than ever between the driver, the vehicle, the dealer and the digital world. It enables motorists to remain ‘always-connected’ to navigation and traffic information, their social networks, and the car’s condition, maintenance and service requirements.

From early 2015, a new incarnation of QorosQloud – QorosQloud 2.0 will be available. This further enhances the simplicity of the user experience for the driver, making it more intuitive and fun to use.

In the car, QorosQloud is accessed through the innovative Qoros MMH system that is fitted as standard to every Qoros. With an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen, it is one of the first touchscreen infotainment systems in the world to be specifically designed to maximise the opportunities and capabilities of multi-touch gestures.

Qoros MMH was designed and developed to safely manage information displays for minimal driver distraction and to optimise ease-of-use while on the move. The innovative user-interface is based on the finger ‘swipe’ concept of modern smartphones.

Those who enjoy high quality music to enhance their journey are well catered for across the entire Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T range, with a four-speaker 100-watt audio system fitted to the Essence models as standard, and a six-speaker 150-watt audio system for the rest of the line-up.

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Powertrain

The new City SUV will be available with the brand’s powerful, efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine as standard.

The European-developed turbocharged 1.6-litre 16-valve VVT (variable valve timing) engine suits the extra flexibility required for city and country driving. The engine produces 115 kW (156 bhp) power and 210 Nm torque over a broad rev range between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm.

As standard, this engine is paired with the six-speed manual transmission in the Active model, accelerating the City SUV from zero to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds. Also with six speeds, the smooth shifting QorosTroniq™ 6DCT transmission is standard on Style, Style Plus and Excite models. With this gearbox, acceleration to 100 km/h is achieved in 10.8 seconds and top speed is 208 km/h.

Fuel economy is amongst the very best in the compact class, achieving 6.8 l/100km with the manual transmission and 6.9 l/100km with the DCT (NEDC cycle).

Vehicle dynamics

The vehicle dynamics of the new Qoros 3 City SUV 1.6T have been developed to fully exploit the new car’s higher chassis, wider track (up by 9mm at the front and 2mm at the rear compared to the 3 Hatch) and longer wheelbase (up 5mm), while also being tailored to deliver driving characteristics to rival those of compact SUV’s developed by leading European brands.

Like the highly acclaimed 3 Hatch and 3 Sedan, the City SUV’s suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and an OMEGA-shaped twist beam at the rear to provide an ideal balance of responsive handling and a compliant ride.

Several chassis modifications ensure that the City SUV has similar ‘DNA’ characteristics to the 3 Hatch in terms of ride, handling and steering, despite its higher centre of gravity.

Stopping power is provided by 305mm ventilated disc brakes at the front and 285mm solid disc brakes at the rear. Anti-lock braking (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) systems were developed in conjunction with TRW specifically for the Qoros 3 family of vehicles.

Safety

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The City SUV embodies the same Qoros Crash Management System philosophy as the 3 Sedan and 3 Hatch, each of which carry a maximum five-star ranking from Euro NCAP.

In September 2013, the City SUV’s stablemate, the Qoros 3 Sedan, secured the accolade of being the first car developed in China to achieve the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests and was also ranked the ‘safest car’ of 2013.

ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake distribution) and a driver-set speed limiting device are standard across the range, as are ISOFIX child seat mountings with top tethers on the right and left rear seats.

Additional standard safety equipment on all City SUV models, apart from the entry-level Active, will include: ESC (electronic stability control), ETC (electronic traction control), BA (brake assist), and CBC (cornering brake control), automatic brake disc cleaning, a seat belt reminder for the driver (and front passenger on Excite models).

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