Chery Unveiled The iCar V23 Electric SUV

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The iCar V23, said to be developed through a collaboration between Chery's fresh EV brand and Xiaomi-owned Zhimi Technology, has garnered attention for its unique blend of design elements reminiscent of renowned off-road vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Land Rover Defender.

This fully electric SUV marks the second production model under Chery's ownership, following the earlier release of the iCar 03 SUV. Despite its rugged appearance, the iCar V23 actually boasts smaller dimensions than its predecessor, measuring 4,220 mm in length, 1,915 mm in width, and 1,845 mm in height, with a wheelbase spanning 2,730 mm.

Chery iCar V23 Electric SUV

Drawing inspiration from iconic off-roaders, the iCar V23 features round LED headlights, a grille, and hood intake reminiscent of the Land Cruiser FJ40, along with boxy front and rear fenders. The front bumper and flat windshield evoke vibes akin to the Jeep Wrangler. Minimalist surfacing and side gills on the profile appear inspired by the Land Rover Defender, complemented by flush door handles for a unique touch. Meanwhile, cues from the Mercedes-Benz G-Class are apparent in the design of the rear end, particularly around the low-mounted LED taillights, and a storage box mounted on the tailgate akin to a spare tire.

Chery iCar V23 EV

Inside, the iCar V23 boasts typical modern EV features, including a large infotainment display, a Defender-style steering wheel, rectangular A/C vents, and a blend of black and white leather upholstery. The integration of an array of sensors around the bodywork indicates support for Level 2+ ADAS capability.

While detailed technical specifications have not been disclosed, it has been confirmed that the iCar V23 will be offered in both RWD and AWD configurations. Chinese media reports suggest the availability of single and dual electric motors, powered by CATL battery packs, with a driving range exceeding 400 km for the AWD variant and over 500 km for the RWD model.

The full unveiling of the iCar V23 is slated for April 12, ahead of its debut at the 2024 Beijing Auto Show, with plans for a launch in China in the second half of the year. Its primary competitor will be the similarly-sized Baojun Yep Plus from SAIC, Wulling, and GM.

Chery iCar V23

Reports from Chinese media hint at ongoing collaboration between Xiaomi's Zhimi Technology and Chery, with plans to introduce six to eight new vehicles in China over the next three years.

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