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#FrankfurtMotorShow: This self-driving Chery will let you play video games behind the wheel

2017-09-11 09:44

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Frankfurt - Chery is introducing a new nameplate and its first model for the European market at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The all-new compact SUV, which makes its global debut in pre-production form, will lead a line-up of new Chery models within the next few years.

The range of Chery concept and production models on display in Frankfurt highlights the Chinese brand’s progressive ‘Life In Motion’ design philosophy that will define its future products for global markets.

In addition to the new SUV, Chery also presents its Tiggo Coupé Concept SUV, alongside the Tiggo 5x and Tiggo 7 models; two of Chery’s latest models for its existing international markets, including South Africa.

A new compact SUV

The all-new car, receiving its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017, is a compact SUV that will lead Chery entry into the European market in the coming years.  

The new car is the first in a family of models that Chery intends to sell in European markets across multiple segments. The automaker says its new vehicle has been specifically developed for the new model line-up and its technologies have been developed in partnership with the world’s leading suppliers.

The new range will be powered by a selection of electrified powertrains, including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (P-HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Chery says that all its models will include state-of-the-art connectivity and convenience features, advanced safety systems and autonomous driving capabilities.

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Tiggo Coupé Concept

The Tiggo Coupé Concept is an SUV with coupe-like design. Chery says that many of the feature lines are inspired by nature and incorporate ‘hydrodynamic surfacing’ characteristics. 

The coupe-like design sits on a new modular architecture and incorporates advanced technology, including a "multifunctional interactive steering wheel that can be folded and used as a game controller to play video games in autonomous driving mode," Yes, you read that right…

Reflecting Chery’s focus on developing alternative-fuel powertrains, the Tiggo Coupé Concept uses a 120kW E-motor combined with a Lithium-Ion battery pack. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in seven seconds, has a maximum speed of more than 200km/h and delivers a driving range of up to 500km.

Tiggo 5x and Tiggo 7 

Chery’s latest models for existing international markets - the Tiggo 5x and Tiggo 7 models - also make an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Both the Tiggo 5x and Tiggo 7 models also offer a simple interior, says Chery, and that occupants also benefit from smart connectivity and convenience features.

The Tiggo 5x is the most recent Tiggo model and, as with the new model for Europe, features Chery’s new design language. The design of the Tiggo 7 are inspired by the international award-winning design of the TX Concept.

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