Chery Announces Powertrain Charge With New Engines

Chinese automaker Chery has announced three new ICE-employing powertrains are on its drawing boards while unveiling its latest SUV concept.

Its Chery Tiggo 7 was unveiled at the 17th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition finished in “midnight blue”. The automaker has described it as a mass-production concept SUV hoping to blend the design languages of both eastern and western cultures to appeal to the modern global tastes.

It will be powered by a 1.6-liter TGDI engine, the first with independent intellectual property rights for a Chinese automaker, coupled with a seven-speed double clutch automatic gearbox. The powerplant boasts 188bhp and 202ft-lbs of torque and Chery claims it out performs like-for-like powertrains from main competitors including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Honda. Its third-generation of the turbocharged in-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine, the ACTECO 1.6TGDI, recently won the title of “China heart” as top 10 engine of the year.

Alongside the concept’s debut, Gu Chunshan, director of Chery’s powertrain technology center, revealed that the automaker will introduce three new powertrains including a 1.5-liter plus mild hybrid 48V, a new-generation 2.0-liter TGDI engine and a self-generating hybrid 1.5-liter TGDI plus hybrid gearbox DHT.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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