Chery unveils test drive photos of its eQ5 electric SUV

18-02-2020 16:30
It is everyone’s secret that Chinese manufacturers often clone successful designs of non-Chinese car companies. Now, Chery ups the ante with its eQ5, which looks just like something created by its compatriot carmaker, Lynk & Co.

It is everyone’s secret that Chinese manufacturers often clone successful designs of non-Chinese car companies. Now, Chery ups the ante with its eQ5, which looks just like something created by its compatriot carmaker, Lynk & Co.

The first pics of the eQ5 emerged late last year. This latest batch shows the battery SUV allegedly being tested in December 2019 with the outdoor temperatures reaching as low as –32 °С (–25 °F).

As a matter of fact, Chery hasn’t even picked a name for the SUV yet, but Chinese news media just keep calling it eQ5, referring to the fact that the dimensions of the car nearly match those of the Audi Q5.

Specifically, it measures 4,630 mm (15.19 ft.) long, 1,910 mm (6.27 ft.) wide and 1,650 mm (5.41 ft.) tall with 2,805 mm (9.2 ft.) between the axle and 194 mm (7.6 inches) of road clearance when not loaded. This makes it a mid-size SUV.

The car utilizes the brand-new Chery LFS unitized platform suitable only for electric vehicles. This means the eQ5 will never get a gas-powered sibling. The body is 93% aluminum. The drive will likely be on the rear axle by default, but AWD is certainly going to be available as an option.

Inside, there will be a solid glass pane covering the digital dashboard and the central infotainment display. The on-board system will boast face recognition and voice command support.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of China, the e-CUV will ship in two specs. The more affordable one will offer 163 hp (122 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft), while the more expensive one will bring 177 hp (132 kW) to the table along with 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque. Both will be bundled with the same battery NEDC-rated for 510 kilometers (317 miles) of continuous driving.

The alleged Chery eQ5 will be shown in detail at the Auto China expo on April 21-30. In the meantime, the production has already started in the town of Wuhu.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
  • Comments
    | 1
  • Facebook
  • VK
    | 0

Forma Car Recommends

Auto Show 25-09-2020
Multiple hypercars have run a demo lap before the start of this year’s 24-hour endurance race on the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, a.k.a. Le Mans. Heading what looked like $10+ million worth of vehicles was the all-electric Carmen by Hispano Suiza.
Technology 24-09-2020
BMW has updates engine ranges in multiple car series, including the 545e xDrive Hybrid coming up this fall (see video) and many others.
Novelties 24-09-2020
After a waiting time that seemed only too long, Volkswagen finally took the wraps of its first production SUV powered by batteries: the ID.4.
Novelties 23-09-2020
The 2021 Range Rover Velar has arrived in Europe with almost zero visual novelty, but substantial changes in equipment and tech.
Novelties 23-09-2020
The long wait is over: BMW has removed the wraps from its new M3 and M4 models. Both debuted in their topmost Competition spec armed with the 3.0-liter turbo-six engine of the X3 M and X4 M, but with higher torque.
Car Tuning 22-09-2020
What happens when you stress-test a Cummins diesel tuned to deliver around three thousand horsepower? “Fireworks” certainly is one of the possible outcomes, and this is what happened to this Dodge Ram truck with two people still inside.
Novelties 21-09-2020
The German automotive giant has disclosed the recommended retail prices for its new W223 S-Class lineup.
Car Tuning 17-09-2020
U.S.-based tuner Gunther Werks started shipping its 400R track day tool – essentially modded Porsche 911 (993) coupes – to clients. Randy Pobst of Motor Trend was lucky enough to get his hands on the first copy and has already set a record piloting it.
Concept Cars 16-09-2020
Meet the Z Proto Concept, a Nissan-branded design study which will eventually crystallize into the successor to the iconic 370Z.
Technology 16-09-2020
Aston Martin has worked together with Curv Racing Simulators to produce AMR-C01, a cybersports-oriented racing simulator machine with impressive specs and pricing.
Auto Show 11-09-2020
Ora, a sub-brand founded by Great Wall specifically for electric cars, has announced its fourth standalone model whose Chinese name translates into “Good Cat”.
Novelties 10-09-2020
Budding U.S. automaker Lucid has finally lifted the mystery veil over its first electric sports sedan, the Air. Let us take a closer look.
Novelties 09-09-2020
With the eighth-gen Volkswagen Golf debuting last fall, many of us were looking forward to its estate/wagon version coming out – and it is finally here, called Variant and sporting an off-road-capable Alltrack version.
Technology 07-09-2020
Speaking about the potential of the company’s new MEA electric vehicle architecture, Daimler AG CEO Ola Källenius hinted that nothing stood in the way of creating a battery-powered Maybach.
Car Tuning 07-09-2020
Aston Martin has finished yet another ultra-exclusive project car. What used to be a rare production coupe named One 77 became Victor, a road rocket like no others.