Chery’s Next-Gen EV Innovation – iCar V23 Is Coming

With a firm commitment to staying at the forefront of technological evolution, Chery has invested heavily in research and development to enhance its NEV offerings. The latest addition to the Chinese automaker’s electric sub-brand is the iCar V23, marking the first model jointly developed by Chery and Xiaomi-owned Zhimi Technology. Building upon the trend set by its larger sibling, the iCar 03, the rugged SUV draws inspiration from icons like the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Class in its design, though it’s a bit smaller.

In case you’re wondering how big or small it is – the hardcore-looking, boxy SUV is just 4,220 mm long, 1,915mm wide and 1,845mm tall on a 2,730mm wheelbase. It was officially unveiled on April 12, with a release planned for the year’s second half.

Optimised For Off-Road Driving

Positioned as a pure-EV compact SUV, the stylish Chery offering is set to deliver an EV experience with some real off-roading capabilities. For starters, the iCar V23 offers versatility with two drive options: a single-motor rear-wheel drive and a dual-motor four-wheel drive. Notably, it boasts an approach angle of 43 degrees and a departure angle of 41 degrees. For those opting for the four-wheel drive variant, a minimum ground clearance of 212 mm ensures tackling rough terrains with ease.

Powering this beast are cutting-edge battery packs sourced from CATL, delivering an impressive cruising range of 400 km to 500 km. While exact powertrain specifications are under wraps, the iCar V23 promises to emerge as a truly electrifying addition to the off-road scene.

Dashing New Features

Typical of the tech-savvy trend seen in modern vehicles, the cabin of the iCar V23 boasts a minimalist design featuring a sizable infotainment display powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 chip. Complementing its sleek exterior are several rectangular air vents, a collection of knobs and toggle switches, stylish black and white leather upholstery and a steering wheel spoke design.

The exterior design of the SUV maintains the same modernity with compact, angular lines and new-generation LED headlights, making it particularly appealing to young drivers. Its boxy silhouette, round headlights, raised front bonnet, and beefy bumpers pay homage to exceptional offroaders like the Land Cruiser FJ40.

Additionally, the iCar V23 has several practical additions that elevate its functionality and visual appeal. These include an external rear box for extra storage, concealed illuminated door handles, roof luggage racks, side steps, and uniquely designed pedal-shaped rims, available in 19 and 21-inch options.

Thus far, under the iCar brand, Chery has revealed intentions to introduce six to eight vehicles within the next three years, using this collaboration model.

Watching Closely For More Updates

As excitement builds around the iCar V23’s impending market launch, one question looms large: will Chery consider introducing this impressive off-road vehicle to markets beyond China? With the global rise of 4×4 culture and overlanding enthusiasts seeking the next big adventure, the potential for the iCar V23 to captivate audiences worldwide is undeniable.

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