Jaecoo J7 PHEV Under Strong Consideration for Australia

Matt Brand
May 21, 2024
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In an exclusive interview with CarSauce, Lucas Harris, Managing Director of Chery Australia, revealed that the upcoming Jaecoo J7 may be available with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain when it launches in Australia in the second half of 2024.

Harris emphasised their commitment to introducing the PHEV variant: "Let's put it this way, we'll be fight[ing] like all hell to make sure that we've got it," indicating that it is under serious consideration but not yet confirmed.

The Jaecoo J7 launching in Australia, part of Chery’s new Jaecoo sub-brand, is set to offer a choice between a 1.6L turbocharged petrol engine and potentially the PHEV powertrain.

The Jaecoo brand aims to provide a more premium and adventure-focused vehicle lineup, distinct from the regular Chery offerings.

In other markets, the Jaecoo J7 is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 145 kW of power and 290 Nm of torque, paired with a seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The J7 also features options for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, enhancing its versatility.

The introduction of the PHEV variant aligns with Jaecoo’s strategy to expand its electrified vehicle offerings. The Jaecoo J7 PHEV, first unveiled at the Beijing International Auto Show 2024, showcases impressive specifications and features.

It is equipped with a fifth-generation 1.5 TGDI engine, coupled with a 1DHT150 transmission, delivering a combined output of 260 kW and 525 Nm of torque. This setup ensures robust performance while maintaining efficiency.

The PHEV boasts an electric-only range of 88 kilometres and a combined fuel efficiency of 4.1 L/100km in hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) mode. With a fully charged battery and a full tank of fuel, the total range extends beyond 1,200 kilometres, making it ideal for long journeys.

Designed with a focus on aerodynamic efficiency, the J7 PHEV features concealed door handles and 19-inch enclosed wheels, contributing to a reduced drag coefficient. It also includes an All Road Drive Intelligent System (ARDIS), offering various drive settings for different terrains.

The J7 PHEV comes with a 37.6 cm portrait-oriented touchscreen, a 26 cm digital instrument cluster, and advanced driver assistance systems.

Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and more. Additionally, both the J7 and J8 PHEV models feature a V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) function, allowing the vehicle to supply power for external use, supporting outdoor activities and adventures away from traditional power sources.

Matt Brand
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