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China's Qoros teases Shanghai-bound 2 SUV

Set to go on sale in China later this year, the 2 will be Qoros\' first-ever SUV.

Ambitious Chinese startup Qoros has published a teaser sketch that previews a new high-riding model named simply 2. The young company's first-ever SUV will greet the public for the first time at the Shanghai Motor Show that will open its doors in a little over a week.

The sketch reveals the 2 gets a bold silhouette characterized by a tall front end, a high belt line and a rakish A-pillar. The rear end is fitted with boomerang-shaped tail lamps and a small roof-mounted spoiler that adds a touch of sportiness to the overall look.

Qoros' earlier models were penned by ex-MINI designer Gert Volker Hilderbrand, but the company has not revealed who designed the SUV.

Although technical details have not been published, enthusiast website WorldCarFans speculates the 2 could be powered by a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower. Front-wheel drive will likely come standard, and all-wheel drive will be available at an extra cost.

Qoros will fully unveil the 2 online in the coming days. After debuting in Shanghai, the SUV will go on sale across China in the fourth quarter of this year.

Europe-bound?The Qoros brand was launched at the 2013 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, and the company has been trying to sell its cars in Europe ever since but it has largely failed. However, if it manages to set up shop on the Old Continent in the near future the 2 SUV stands a good chance of being added to its lineup.

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