Chery Automobile showcased its concept cars at the recently-concluded Shanghai Auto Show.
In keeping with the smart mobility and green technologies theme for 2021, Chery unveiled two new concept models – the Chery Little Ant Z and Big Ant X – that highlight the electronic architecture of Chery’s New Energy division for full-domain smart cars based on its @LIFE platform which also made its world debut at the auto show.
According to Chery, the New Energy division focuses on the brand concept of “Clean World YOO Future” whose goal is to generate intelligent, safety-centered, low-carbon, and high-tech vehicles aligned with the changing automotive landscape. The Chery showcase also includes several controlled-by-wire chassis.
The Little Ant Z and Big Ant X models show futuristic sci-fi-inspired exteriors and command controls. The Little Ant Z is considered the first mass-produced model with the L2.99 intelligent-aided system. Its bigger brother, the Big Ant X gave a more starship-like feel cabin. Both concept vehicles are equipped with V2X technology, 5G mobile internet technology, and the L4 intelligent assistant driving system.
Besides the concept cars, it also showcased its Chery 4.0 Era Global Power Architecture and its fuel and hybrid, and hydrogen power solutions. Its Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models integrate a four-wheel-drive hybrid of front dual motors and rear single motor, is capable of 0-100 km/h acceleration time of fewer than 5 seconds and fuel consumption of less than 1 liter per 100 kilometers.
Chery also announced that for its first quarter sales, it achieved a 102% year-on-year increase with a cumulative sales volume of nearly 140,000 vehicles. It believes that this growth will be sustained with its new Chery 4.0 Era Global Power Architecture as well as the launch of new models.
In the Philippines, Chery Auto currently markets four crossover models: the subcompact Tiggo 2 and Tiggo 5X, the recently launched compact all-new Tiggo 7 PRO, and the midsize 7-seater Tiggo 8. All have 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve EFI VVT Euro 5-compliant engines (turbocharged for the Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8) and have automatic transmissions on all models (M/T available on the Tiggo 2 and Tiggo 5X).
All Chery models come with an industry-leading 10-year/1 million-km engine warranty, a 5-year general warranty, a FREE 3-year preventive maintenance service (PMS), and 3-year roadside assistance.
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