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11 Chinese cars that may reach Brazil as early as 2022

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – If preconceptions about Chinese cars persist, a change of perspective may be called for. The models have been increasingly evolving over the years.  As a result, several Chinese automakers are now competing on equal footing with traditional brands in the automotive sector, including in Brazil.

The main example of this is the Chinese-Brazilian Caoa Chery, which ranks 10th among automakers in the Brazilian market, with almost double Ford’s sales (32,365 against 16,499).

In addition to Caoa Chery, other Chinese companies also targeting the Brazilian market. Besides JAC Motors, which recently launched the electric e-JS1 and e-JS1 EXT, BYD also intends to offer zero emission models very soon in the country. Another automaker about to enter Brazil is Great Wall, which acquired the Mercedes-Benz plant in Iracemápolis (SP), and promises several new products for the coming years.

Check out 11 Chinese cars that should reach Brazil as soon as next year.

1. Caoa Chery Tiggo 5X Pro

Seen in tests in Brazil, the Caoa Tiggo 5X Pro will be the redesign of the current Tiggo 5X. Expected to debut in early 2022, the SUV will have changes both in design and mechanics. Aesthetically, the changes boil down to new front and rear bumpers. The front grille will be larger than the current one, and will be hexagonal in shape. At the rear, the tail lights will be connected by a silver strip.

Inside, the console will be inspired by the Tiggo 7, with a floating multimedia center and digital instrument panel. The 150 hp 1.5 turbo flex engine with 210 Nm of torque should be kept under the hood. However, the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be replaced by a CVT-type automatic.

Caoa Chery Tiggo 5X Pro. (photo internet reproduction)

2. BYD Han

The BYD Han electric sedan should be the first passenger car from the Chinese automaker offered in Brazil. Designed by the Chinese brand’s international design team, the electric sedan attracts attention because of its refined design, which received the international iF Design 2021 award. In the front, the led headlights are connected by a chrome bar with details inspired by ancient Chinese armors. Inside, the BYD Han has a 12.8″ rotating multimedia center. The interior is crafted with luxurious materials.

Under the hood, the more powerful BYD Han EV features two electric motors. Combined, they deliver 494 hp and 680 Nm. With all-wheel drive, the sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190 km/h. The electric range varies between 550 km and 605 km, depending on the version. Although BYD has not yet announced when the sedan will be officially launched in Brazil, the first model units have reached the country, which suggests that the BYD Han should hit the Brazilian market soon, as early as 2022.

BYD Han. (photo internet reproduction)

3. Caoa Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

The Tiggo 7 Pro should be one of Caoa Chery’s main novelties for 2022. This is the model’s new generation, which debuted in China in 2019. In Brazil, Caoa Chery’s chosen strategy may be similar to the one adopted with the Arrizo 6 sedan. As the Tiggo 7 Plus is based on the new generation of the Tiggo 7, the new SUV should reach the country next year along with the Plus version, which features a more refined finish.

The new Tiggo 7 Pro’s design is based on the Chinese automaker’s current visual identity. The interior was completely renovated, and features a floating 10.2-inch multimedia center. The highlight of the Tiggo 7 Pro should be the debut of a new light-hybrid version that promises to run 17 km/l on gasoline. It combines a 1.5 turbo to a 48V electric starter motor. The combination delivers 170 hp and 250 Nm. The transmission is a CVT-type automatic.

Caoa Chery Tiggo 7 Pro. (photo internet reproduction)

4. BYD Song Plus

In addition to the Han sedan, BYD also plans to offer the Song Plus SUV on the Brazilian market as early as 2022. With a bold design and the promise to run up to 1,200 km on a single fuel tank, the BYD Song Plus has been registered at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), and will be one of the Chinese automaker’s main targets in Brazil.

Under the hood, the hybrid versions of the BYD Song Plus have a 110 hp and 135 Nm 1.5 turbo gasoline engine combined with an electric motor. Together, they offer a combined output of up to 198 bhp and 325 Nm of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, and the model also features an all-electric driving mode. The range is up to 110 km in the most powerful version and 51 km in the cheapest configurations.

BYD Song Plus. (photo internet reproduction)

5. Great Wall Poer

Before producing cars in Brazil, Great Wall may offer the Poer model in the country as early as 2022. Initially imported, the medium-size pickup truck with a load capacity of over 1 ton (1,050 kg) should be the Chinese manufacturer’s main proposal in the Brazilian market, as the segment is one of the hottest in the country. Therefore, Poer will bet on a full equipment list, which should offer semi-autonomous driving technologies and technological resources such as a 9″ multimedia center.

In China, Poer offers 3 engine options. The first of these is a 2.0 turbo gasoline with 190 hp and 360 Nm. The other is a 2.0 turbo diesel with 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque. There is also a 200 hp electric version, which offers a 405 km range. With an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the pickup is available with front-wheel or 4-wheel drive, depending on the version. In Brazil, the Great Wall Poer will have major competitors, such as the Chevrolet S10 and Toyota Hilux.

Great Wall Poer. (photo internet reproduction)

6. BYD Tang

BYD’s third new model for Brazil should be the Tang SUV. With a 7 passenger capacity, the BYD Tang conforms to the current Chinese automaker’s visual identity. Already seen in tests in Brazil, the SUV features 2 electric motors, 1 in each axle, offering 516 hp of combined power. All-wheel drive, and according to BYD, the Tang accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.

Inside, the BYD Tang features the 12.8″ rotating multimedia center, and includes leather seats with ventilation and heating functions, 12 speakers, and 31-color ambient lighting. Equipped with an 86.4 kWh battery, the BYD Tang can be recharged from 30% to 80% in just 30 minutes on a 110 kW direct current. The BYD Tang’s range is 505 km, and the SUV is expected to reach Brazil in 2022.

BYD Tang. (photo internet reproduction)

7. Great Wall Haval H6

Along with the Poer medium pickup truck, China’s Great Wall should also introduce the Haval H6 SUV in Brazil. A sales success in China, the Haval H6 is a mid-size SUV comparable to the Chevrolet Equinox. The model’s third generation was launched in 2020, and features a more mature design than its predecessors. Should it come to Brazil, the Haval H6 should be positioned between the Caoa Chery Tiggo 7 and Tiggo 8.

In China, the new Haval H6 comes with 2 engine and 2 transmission options. One is a 1.5 turbo engine with 171 hp and 285 Nm. The other is a 2.0 turbo with 227 hp and 385 Nm. Transmission can be a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. One of the Haval H6’s highlights is the new, very modern interior, which features a digital dashboard and a 12″ central display. The new SUV still has no date to reach Brazil, although it has been registered in the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI).

Great Wall Haval H6. (photo internet reproduction)

8. Caoa Chery Tiggo 8 Pro

Seen in tests in Brazil, the new Tiggo 8 Pro should be one of Caoa Chery’s main launches in 2022. With a new design and more refined finishing, the Tiggo 8 Pro will not be a substitute for the current model. The new 7-seat SUV will be produced in Anápolis (GO), and should be offered in a higher price range.

Under the hood, the new Caoa Chery Tiggo 8 Pro should keep the current 187 hp and 275 Nm 1.6 turbo that equips the Tiggo 8, as well as the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. However, the equipment list will be more extensive. Among the standard items, the new Tiggo 8 Pro should feature 8 airbags, seats with electric adjustments and heating or cooling functions, and a new multimedia center.

Caoa Chery Tiggo 8 Pro. (photo internet reproduction)

9. Caoa Exeed LX

Caoa is poised to launch the Exeed luxury brand in Brazil. The first model from Chery’s sophisticated division to reach the national market should be the Exeed LX SUV, which has already been seen in tests in the country. The SUV is based on the Tiggo 7, but has a different design from Chery’s model. The interior is also exclusive, particularly the instrument panel and the multimedia center, each with 12.3”. Visually, the set resembles the MBUX center in the Mercedes A-Class.

Under the hood, the mechanical set will be the same that equips the Tiggo 8. Like Caoa Chery’s other SUVs, the Exeed LX should also be produced in the Chinese-Brazilian brand’s plant in Anápolis (GO). However, the SUV has no official launch date in the country yet, and may come only in mid next year or 2023.

Caoa Exeed LX. (photo internet reproduction)

10. Caoa Exeed VX

Another Caoa Exeed launch should be the VX SUV. Positioned at the top of the Chinese manufacturer’s portfolio, the Exeed VX is based on the same formula as the LX model, which is based on the Tiggo 7. With capacity for 7 occupants, the VX is a more refined version of the Tiggo 8. However, the Exeed VX has a distinctive design and a more luxurious finish than the SUV currently sold in Brazil.

The Exeed LX has 2 engine options in China. The cheaper one uses the same power train as the national Tiggo 8. The more powerful version is equipped with a 2.0 turbo engine with 254 hp and 389 Nm. Both versions are equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Traction can be front or all-wheel drive, and just like the Exceed LX, the VX model should reach Brazil by mid next year or 2023.

Caoa Exeed VX. (photo internet reproduction)

11. Great Wall Haval Jolion

Great Wall should also introduce the Haval Jolion SUV in Brazil. It is slightly smaller than the Haval H6, and is similar in size to the Jeep Compass and Volkswagen Taos. The Haval Jolion, rumored to be one of Great Wall’s models produced at the Iracemápolis (SP) plant, will initially be imported to Brazil. The design is striking, and reflects the Chinese automaker’s current visual identity.

Under the hood, the Chinese SUV has a 1.5 turbo engine with 150 hp and 220 Nm. The gearbox is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, and front-wheel drive. Inside, the Haval Jolion has a digital instrument panel and a floating-looking multimedia center. As the other Great Wall models, the Haval Jolion does not yet have a release date in Brazil, but may reach the country mid to late next year.

Great Wall Haval Jolion. (photo internet reproduction)

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