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by Matt Campbell

The Qoros 2 Concept baby SUV has been revealed at the 2015 Shanghai motor show, powered by the Chinese brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

Described as a concept model that offers pointers to “possible future design, technology and product expansion strategies for the brand”, the Qoros 2 debuts a new design direction for the upstart maker on its “possible future entrant into the world’s fastest growing passenger car segment, the B-segment”.

“The 2 Concept combines Shanghai spirit with German-inspired design,” the brand claims, with the pint-sized high-rider clearly aimed at the raft of current crossovers. It measures just 4181 millimetres long and 1553mm tall, and its 2030mm wide including the side mirrors.

 

Qoros PHEV_2

It looks broad and substantial, but its styling is dramatically different to the current Qoros 3 models, and at a glance it almost looks like some of Cadillac’s most recent efforts.

The drivetrain consists of a ultra-high density batteries built into the chassis floor, as well as two electric motors powering the rear wheels. Under the bonnet and powering the front wheels is a petrol turbocharged engine, meaning the car can be operated in four-wheel drive.

There are four modes to choose: pure electric; “Sport” which uses front- and all-wheel drive to ensure the best possible traction; permanent all-wheel drive for slippery surfaces; and “Hybrid”, which the brand claims is the most efficient mode of operating, aims to keep the batteries charged and only calls on the electric motors when required.

Qoros PHEV_3

Charging requires no cables, but there are two means of adding range to the batteries: the first is a foldable charging ‘probe’ is hidden under a cover at the base of the windscreen, and it pops out at the touch of a button- it’s an inductive system, which the company claims is “an industry first”; the other is an inductive charging system.

There’s no word yet as to when a production version of the Qoros 2 will be available.

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