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by Tim Beissmann

Chery’s second new model joining the J1 hatch is the Chery J11 compact SUV.

The J11 is a front-wheel drive soft-roader available from $19,990 driveaway. Like the J1, it is available in every state except Victoria, as neither vehicle has electronic stability control available as an option.

Unlike the J1, the J11 is available with the choice of either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Adding the auto gearbox, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls is a $2000 option (cruise control and steering wheel audio controls are not available on the manual model).

Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the J11 produces 102kW of power and 182Nm of torque. Combined cycle fuel consumption from both the manual and auto is 8.9 litres/100km.

ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) are both fitted, and disc brakes sit behind 16-inch alloy wheels front and rear.

At 4285mm long, 1765mm wide, 1715mm tall (1705mm auto), and with a total weight of 1375kg (1400kg auto), the J11 is slightly smaller than the Hyundai ix35.

Standard features include front fog lamps, four-speaker CD player, air-conditioning, 60/40 split-fold rear seats, two front airbags, five leather seats and electric windows and mirrors.

Optional features include towbar and nudge bar kits, side steps, floor mats, roof bars, reversing sensors and Bluetooth kit. There is no option of adding more airbags.

The Chery J11 is covered by a three-year/100,000km warranty including 24-hour roadside assistance. Along with the J1, the 2011 Chery J11 goes on sale from 45 Chery dealers around Australia on March 1.




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