The most important change is the addition of a 1.6-litre petrol Acteco engine that produces 93kW (up from 87kW) and 160Nm (up from 147Nm). The engine is also more efficient, using a claimed 8.3 litres/100km and emitting 194g/km of CO2.This engine was produced by Austrian powertrain specialists AVL in conjunction with Chery’s own engineers and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Inside there is the obligatory touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, iPod and USB functionality as well as satellite navigation. More comfortable leather seats, park distance control with a reverse camera, multi-function steering wheel, climate control, automatic lights and rain-detecting wipers are also standard.
The J3 comes with six airbags, LED taillights and rear fog lights for improved night visibility. ESP is standard for increased safety.
The J3 is backed by a 3-year/100 000km warranty, 3-year/75 000km service plan and 3-year roadside assistance. The improved spec and exchange rate has seen the price rise from R189 900 for the previous model to R209 900.