Chery Auto has a new trick up its sleeve.
On its official Facebook page, Chery Auto has posted a teaser photo, which suggests that a new electric vehicle could be launching in the Philippines soon.
The post which bears a caption "Electrify your drive" couldn't be more revealing. It includes the date and time when the mysterious vehicle will be launched – that is, on August 7, 2020, at 6 PM.
Thankfully, our local sleuths were quick to decipher the said image and pointed out that the automaker could be en route to unwrapping its Chery Arrizo 5e electric sedan in the country. The vehicle is part of the firm's series of Arrizo sedans, which includes the Tiggo 5X.
The all-electric Arrizo 5e is built around on the standard Arrizo 5 sedan, which is sold in China and Latin America. Fortunately, both variants come with near-identical design hallmarks, so distinguishing them apart doesn't require a keen eye.
The Arrizo 5e is powered by an electric motor that revs up 122 horsepower and 276 Nm of torque. While the carmaker neglected to mention its actual battery, it claimed that it could do 400 kilometers right on a single charge. With a charger, the sedan can be charged to up to 80% in only 30 minutes.
Inside, the Arrizo 5e oozes with simplicity, and Chery Auto didn't overdo it. This is evidenced by a neat dashboard that features massive touchscreen infotainment, front, and center. The EV also makes use of a circular "gear" selector and boasts a digital instrument cluster.
In terms of pricing, Chery Auto is still tight-lipped about the details. However, it is speculated that the Arrizo 5e could very well end up as the most affordable EV in the country. Note that its Chinese price tag is at CNY 129,800 (around PHP 912,400).
The same can be said whether Chery Auto will be introducing the standard, gasoline-powered variants of the Arrizo 5e locally. If it does, it is expected to go after the likes of the Kia Soluto, Hyundai Reina, Volkswagen Santana, and MG 5.
Chery Philippines is tipped to launch the Arrizo 5e digitally on the aforementioned date.
With the intended, attractive price of the Arrizo 5e, it suggests more than ever that the Philippine market is now almost ready to accommodate this new shift to electric vehicles.
The lack of infrastructure for these vehicles, however, is a different story to tackle. And the government has to resolve this sooner or later.
- Images from cheryinternational.com