Qoros 3 hatchback to be launched at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

A year after Q3 sedan\'s launch
Jan 17, 2014

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Two weeks ago, Chinese carmaker Qoros revealed that it was launching its second production car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, which is scheduled to open on March 4. Well, we won\'t have to wait that long to see the car now that Qoros has finally unveiled it. The car is the Qoros 3 hatchback, which \"draws heavily on the brand\'s first model, the Qoros 3 sedan.\"

\"The new Qoros 3 hatch will appeal to the modern metropolitan, always-connected customer who needs a little extra versatility provided by the hatchback body style,\" said Qoros vice chairman Volker Steinwascher. \"It offers those with active outdoor lifestyles or young families extra practicality, combined with added coolness thanks to its more spirited, sporty look.\"

Despite being based on the 3 sedan, the 3 hatch has subtle visual changes to differentiate it from Qoros\'s first production model, like the front grille, the front bumper and the front fog lights. These are on top of the changes brought about by the hatchback\'s orientation, like the rear taillight clusters and the tailgate. According to Qoros, these changes give the car \"a more compact, dynamic, sporty appearance that will appeal to a new, more lifestyle-oriented group of customers.\"

Inside, the 3 hatchback shares practically the same interior as the 3 sedan, although the former gets new upholstery color combinations and materials.

While the 3 hatch shares the same platform as its sedan counterpart, it sports new C-pillars, roof, rear side panels, tailgate, and rear roof cross-member to maintain the car\'s torsional rigidity--one of the qualities for which the Euro NCAP named the 3 sedan the safest car of 2013.

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The 3 hatch also shares the sedan\'s 1.6-liter naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines, and six-speed manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

 

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