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Friday, April 30, 2021

Chery Shows Off 257 Horsepower Engine, 11-Speed Gearbox At Auto Shanghai

Highlighting their investment in technology, Chery Auto used the Auto Shanghai to showcase its new brand positioning that aims to make them a leader in smart and green mobility.

The two new concepts from Chery’s new Ant family—the Chery Little Ant Z and Big Ant X—ride on the Chinese brand’s new electric architecture engineered by their New Energy division. Dubbed the @LIFE platform, it highlights intelligent, safety-centered, low-carbon, and high-tech vehicles for the ever-changing needs of both its users and the environment.

Although both the Little Ant Z and Big Ant X models have undeniable concept car aesthetics, it will introduce Chery’s first autonomous driving system. The Little Ant Z will offer Level 3, well, Level 2.99, while the Big Ant Z will have Level 4 autonomous driving—one level short of a pure driverless experience. The Big Ant Z does this by leveraging V2X technology as well as 5G internet connectivity.

In the near-term future though, Chery Auto continues to develop its powertrain, be it traditional internal combustion or hybrid. With their Chery 4.0 Era Global Power Architecture, they promise thermal efficiency reaching 45 percent—the highest among Chinese brands (the runner up is BYD’s at 43 percent), while fuel savings is set to exceed 95 percent.

The engine families include a new 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged engine with 257 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque as well as a plug-in hybrid with China’s first dual-motor drive. The latter has 9 working modes and 11 combined gears thanks to a dual-shaft drive system.

The PHEV models integrate a four-wheel-drive hybrid of front dual motors and rear single motor, with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than 5 seconds and fuel consumption of less than 1 liter per 100 kilometers.

In the first quarter of 2021, Chery Automobile achieved a cumulative sales volume of nearly 140,000 vehicles, with a year-on-year increase of 102 percent. In the future, with the release of "Chery 4.0 Era Global Power Architecture" and the launch of a series of new models, Chery's sales volume is expected to usher in a new round of growth.

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