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by Tim Beissmann

Ambitious Chinese manufacturer Qoros has revealed the mid-sized Qoros 5 SUV in Milan.

The 5 crossover becomes the largest model in Qoros’s line-up, positioned above the 3 hatch, sedan and city SUV models.

Qoros is keeping the technical and specification details of the 5 SUV under wraps until its public debut at next month’s Guangzhou motor show, focusing for now on the new model’s exterior design.

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“The spirit of independence is the soul of all designs,”Qoros executive vice president Sun Xiaodong said. “Milan is a centre of science and technology, fashion and innovative products. By making the debut of the new Qoros 5 SUV in the design capital of Europe, we hope to demonstrate our unique pursuit for design that matches the spirit of the city.”

While there are elements of existing designs in the Qoros 5 (CarAdvice’s Sydney office staff see Range Rover Evoque in the headlights, Kia Sportage in the profile, and previous-generation Volkswagen Golf wagon in the tail-lights), the car undoubtedly has a unique character, though one still linked to the smaller ‘3 line’ cars.

While Qoros hasn’t released images of the interior, spy shots captured last week uncovered a minimalist dashboard with a large central touchscreen.

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A turbocharged 115kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are tipped to feature under the bonnet, while a 134kW 1.8-litre turbo has also been rumoured.

Qoros is focused predominantly on selling cars in China, though is determined to spread throughout Europe. Currently its sole European dealership is in Slovakia.

There are currently no plans to bring Qoros to Australia, with the brand focusing on left-hand-drive vehicles for now.




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