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Spy Shots: Roewe 550 hybrid testing in China

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New spy shots of the Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid, it has been in development for some two years but will finally hit the Chinese car market late this year. The car on pics is a test mule based around the facelifted 550 which will be launched in September. On earlier spy shots we saw a 550 hybrid based around the current car, indicating development took longer than expected.

Roewe 550 hybrid

Patrol-power comes from a 1.5 but details on the electric motor are still scarce. We do know that the hybrid system was developed with help from GM. Roewe said earlier the 550 hybrid would have a combined fuel consumption of only 2.7 liter per 100 kilometer. Battery is a lithium iron phosphate. Price of the current Roewe 350 starts at 99.900 yuan for a basic-basic car and ends at 189.800 for a full-spec 1.8 turbo. The hybrid will likely start somewhere in the middle, after subsidies from local and central governments.

Roewe 550 hybrid

This doesn’t look very safe…

Roewe 550 hybrid

Via: Autohome.

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