Chery Automobile is planning to go global with its new line of vehicles, starting with the all-new Chery Exeed TX. After numerous teasers, the Chinese company’s first mid-sized SUV was finally shown to the world at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).
Measuring at 4,664 mm in length, 1,872 mm in width and 1,685 mm in height with a wheel base of 2,697 mm, the Exeed TX is marginally larger than the Honda CR-V. The new model embodies Chery’s “Life in Motion” design philosophy that appeals to the urban and active audience. The chrome grille that runs all the way to the headlamps will be Chery’s new family face for future models to come.
Stepping inside and you will be greeted with a futuristic cabin that is packed with the latest smart technologies and connected infotainment services. At the centre of the dash sits a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system while the climate controls sit elegantly below it. Speaking of which, don’t they remind you of a certain four rings’?
Driver conveniences are aplenty, featuring key items such as keyless entry, 360-degree surround view camera, powered tailgate, ambient-lighting, panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, Park Assist just to name a few. So, it has a cabin that matches the stunning looks, does it have the performance to match?
Chery has developed a modular platform that will accommodate different electric powertrains. The Exeed TX will be available in Europe with three electric powertrains: a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle.
The first configuration to go on sale is the plug-in hybrid variant, spotting a 147 hp 1.5-litre combustion engine mated to an 85 kW electric motor. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed hybrid drive transmission. Now a 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain may seem underwhelming, but Chery claims that the SUV will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6 seconds flat with a top speed of 200 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 1.8 litres per 100 km.
The PHEV Exeed TX has a zero-emission driving range of 70 km and will travel up to speeds of 120 km/h in pure electric power alone. Charging the PHEV to full charge from a regular household supply takes just four hours while fast charging can get the battery charge to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.
The Chinese automaker is currently evaluating key markets for future SUV/Crossover models and is planning to set up new R&D facilities in Europe to support its global expansion plan. The Exeed TX will be sold exclusive in Europe but there is no telling if the company will eventually offer this competitive SUV in other regions.