The Chinese presented the concept of the future crossover in early August, and that premiere was timed to coincide with the completion of the construction of a plant in Qingdao, where the model will be assembled.
In the Exida model hierarchy, the 4.8 m long crossover will be located between TXL and VX. The car will be equipped with a two-liter turbo engine (261 hp, 400 Nm), which will be paired with an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel drive and an adaptive electromagnetic suspension are also promised, and in the future, a hybrid with the ability to connect to the network will add to the line of versions.
Regarding the concept, the appearance of the serial Yaoguang has undergone an understandable simplification.
They abandoned swing doors (although the retractable handles are retained), a four-seat layout and a “deaf” front bumper – in the latter, diamond-shaped sections of a frameless radiator grille appeared. Instead of external rear-view cameras, conventional mirrors were used. Finally, the headlight modules have become wider, but the LED “fangs” will go into series without significant changes.
The lidars on the roof also disappeared – as part of the premiere of the concept, the Chinese promised to gradually add new driver assistance functions to the software, but, apparently, there will not be a full-fledged autopilot of the third level.
Serial production of the Exeed Yaoguang crossover will begin on November 18, and Chery representatives have already announced plans to supply the model to Russian dealers. The company intends to announce the timing of the appearance and prices of Exeed AtlantiX in Russia separately.