The Poles have produced a new league of SUVs. Cheap as Dacia, BMW looks and Audi performance

The Poles do not want to sleep and agreed to cooperate with the Chinese giant. The result is an SUV with the performance of an Audi, the looks of a BMW, the quality of a Mercedes and the price of a Dacia. When will he be with us?

If we write that it was to be expected, it would only be a half confession. A full confession would make it look like he’s basically surprised it didn’t happen a year earlier, for example. On the other hand, there is something to the Czech proverb “everything in time” and it is of course as true in the automotive industry as it is anywhere else. In addition to all the production and accounting losses, the crisis that is ravaging the industry also opens up new possibilities that might otherwise not be so relevant. And this is probably one of them. So come with us on a little excursion to Poland.

The Poles are specialists in food – and in Fiats

Poland is primarily known in Europe as a food powerhouse. They have their products manufactured there by renowned brands that literally stick to first-class quality – and they basically don’t care about anything else. In the decades since the revolution, Poland has thus managed to convince even the biggest players, and today it legitimately plays in the “first league”. After all, the current “raids” of Czechs living on the border (and not only there) for cheap, yet high-quality Polish food speak for themselves. In short, the Poles know their position in the food business very well and do everything to maintain it.

iPhoto source: Izera

In car manufacturing, it’s a slightly different story, closely related to Italy’s Fiat. Despite the licensed Fiat 125 Polski and the cute “microcar” 126 Maluch, Polish Fiat became regular manufacturer of part of the Fiat portfolio, from the Cinquecenta or Seicenta to the current 500 model. However, for now, the future looks to be electric and “Chinese dragons” are entering Europe looking for manufacturing partners on the old continent. Or at least assembly. And one of the largest, Geely (a few days ago we wrote about its entry into our market) agreed on cooperation with the Polish car manufacturer Izera.

Cooperation beneficial to all parties

This consists in the delivery of the platform and other necessary “prefabs”, their completion with parts made in Poland and the final “Made in EU” assembly. China thus avoids tariffs, Poles get access to technologies otherwise unavailable to them, the result is a completely modern product, manufactured in Europe and available at prices not dissimilar to those of China. VW and other car companies that have gone through the whole process “from scratch” (often for draconian money) are probably gnashing their teeth. However, that’s about all they can do with it.

iPhoto source: Izera

The result of the cooperation in this case is an SUV that has been perfectly mastered in terms of design. With two battery capacities and the calculated range according to the WLTP (51 kWh/340 km and 61 kWh/450 km). The advantage is supposed to be an extra fast charging time, the smaller version can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Impressive. Up to 150 kW DC fast chargers can be used. The rear wheels are driven by a 200 kW electric motor, but the entire SEA platform from Geely Holding allows for scalability, including the connection of a second motor to drive the front wheels.

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Parameters promising, when will production start?

A torque of 330 Nm, available “from zero” as with any electric car, together with the stated performance, will ensure acceleration to 100 km/h in just over 6 seconds. The maximum speed is then limited to 160 km/h. Would it be inspired by Volvo and its limit of 180 km/h? Geely is, among other things, the owner of Volvo’s passenger division. Despite certain problems with the construction of the plant, we can expect the first test series in 2024, and production should then start at full speed in 2025. It seems late, but as we already wrote in the introduction: everything in time. Maybe it’s called something similar in Poland.

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