The GAC E-JET can be listed as one of the most underrated concept cars on display at the recent 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and that’s a pity considering the remarkable technical contents of this model, who has been describes by some as an obvious crossbred between a Mercedes CLA and a Volvo (though we can detect some Mazda influence as well in the front section). The E-JET has been developed on a hybrid EREV platform with a four-cylinder combustion engine and an electric motor: the gasoline unit has displacement of 1 liter and delivers 60 hp with 82 Nm of torque, which is enough to feed the 40 hp generator which, in turn, recharges the lithium-ion battery pack (with capacity of 13 kWh).
The electric motor instead produces 227 hp with 127 Nm of maximum torque and has a maximum range of about 100 kilometers (62 miles), while the overall range of the model is rated at about 600 kilometers (372 mph). The GAC E-Jet accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in less than 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 160 km/h (roughly 100 mph), with an average fuel consumption of just 1.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
The GAC E-JET weighs in at 1,550 kilograms and measures 4.57 meters in length, 1.79 meters in width and 1.49 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.62 meters. GAC did not reveal any information in regard to the production of the model, which would appear as the next legitimate step for this model after the launch of this prototype. By the way, GAC Motors was the only Chinese brand to show up at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.