2022-23 Guangzhou motor present highlights

The doorways had been opened to the 2022 Guangzhou motor present on December 30, making for a slightly awkwardly timed occasion.

Operating till January 8, the 2022 Guangzhou present – arguably extra of a 2023 exhibition because of its delayed opening – has proved maybe to not be probably the most noteworthy of reveals, with one exception.

An idea automotive from agency IAT Car caught hearth, making for an embarrassing PR mishap and an disagreeable odour of burnt steel and moist carpet.

That snafu apart, there have been some reveals of latest merchandise in key segments that went slightly extra easily.

GAC Aion Hyper GT

Hometown model GAC took to the Guangzhou present with a rakish four-door electrical coupe from its Aion marque.

The GAC Aion Hyper GT options dramatic scissor doorways, slippery styling mentioned to be impressed by liquid steel, and a claimed drag coefficient of simply 0.19, besting the Mercedes-Benz EQS’ 0.20 determine. GAC Aion due to this fact claims it has the bottom drag coefficient of any manufacturing automotive at the moment accessible on this planet.

It options an enclosed entrance fascia with a decrease consumption that opens mechanically at a set velocity to assist scale back wind resistance. Likewise, the rear spoiler rises when the car reaches 80km/h.

Full specs, together with dimensions, have but to be launched however GAC Aion says the Hyper GT rides its new devoted electrical AEP3.0 structure.

A single-motor rear-wheel drive model produces 250kW of energy and 434Nm of torque, with a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds. A dual-motor model is anticipated, nonetheless.

Whereas the inside hasn’t been revealed, we are able to spy a big, portrait-oriented central touchscreen on the dashboard. The Hyper GT additionally incorporates a glass roof, in addition to a pod for a LiDAR unit above the windscreen.

Chery Tiggo 9

Chery has a dizzying array of SUVs throughout not solely its namesake model, but in addition its Exeed and Jetour marques.

The Tiggo 9 sits atop an eight-strong vary of Chery Tiggo-badged SUV fashions, and measures 4820mm lengthy, 1930mm vast and 1699mm tall on a 2820mm wheelbase – nearly an identical in footprint to a Kia Sorento.

It has a excessive waistline and a sloped tailgate, although Chery hasn’t gone full-coupe SUV with its styling – like a Sorento, it boasts a 3rd row of seating.

A full-width LED lighting meeting on the rear has a whiff of Audi Q8 about it, whereas up entrance there’s a big, shield-shaped grille that includes an illuminated Chery badge.

Chery hasn’t revealed full specs, however Car News China experiences the Tiggo 9 makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 194kW of energy and 400Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed computerized transmission and all-wheel drive.

It’s unclear whether or not the Tiggo 9 will be a part of the native line-up.

Chery is ready to relaunch in Australia this yr with a variety of three crossovers: the Omoda 5 small SUV, comparable in dimension to a Kia Seltos; the Tiggo 7 Professional, which straddles the small and medium SUV segments dimensionally; and the two- or three-row Tiggo 8 Professional that’s sized near a Mitsubishi Outlander.

Haval H-Canine PHEV

There could also be solely two Haval-badged SUVs at the moment on sale in Australia, however the Haval vary continues to develop in China with the brand new H-Canine plug-in hybrid SUV.

It incorporates a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine and two-speed Direct Hybrid Transmission, with complete system outputs of 240kW of energy and 530Nm of torque.

It measures 4705mm lengthy, 1908mm vast and 1780mm tall on a 2810mm wheelbase, or 90mm longer than a Toyota RAV4 on a 120mm longer wheelbase.

It has an identical design aesthetic to the opposite Canines in Haval’s kennel, the mid-sized Massive Canine (aka Dagou/Dargo) and the marginally smaller Cool Canine. It options rugged design touches like black plastic wheel arch mouldings with uncovered bolts, and like the opposite Canines it has single spherical headlights.

Its bulging haunches and rounder rear with round lighting components, nonetheless, give it its personal distinctive look.

Inside, there’s a big landscape-oriented central touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster.

A submitting with the Chinese language Ministry of Trade and Info Know-how reveals the H-Canine – if it’s referred to as that – may also have a variant with a 175kW turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

Tank 300 Cyber Knight and Iron Cavalry 02

Along with showcasing the brand new Tank 500 PHEV – which may very well be one in every of a number of electrified GWM fashions coming to Australia – Nice Wall Motor additionally revealed two particular version Tank 300s.

The Cyber Knight was developed by each the Tank model and Chaojing, with blacked-out styling and a extra aggressive physique equipment. It seems to be the manufacturing model of the Cybertank idea of 2021, and can be accessible solely in black – albeit with a selection of daring orange or blue highlights inside and outside.

The Iron Cavalry 02 is a extra off-road-oriented particular version co-developed with agency Topfire, that includes distinctive bumpers, an electrical winch, a snorkel, retro 17-inch wheels in all-terrain tyres, and shock absorbers with eight-level damping.

Each particular editions characteristic the usual turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine provided within the Chinese language-market Tank 300, and never the hybrid powertrain provided domestically.