Equipped with a 192-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 or a turbocharged 168-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Chery said the car would be on par with the Audi A6L, the most popular business sedan in China.

Chery Automobile unveiled two new high-end sub-brands in the run-up to the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show, part of the carmaker’s plan to boost profitability and expand into overseas markets

One of China’s larger automakers, Chery added the Riich and Rely brands to its portfolio. The Riich badge will be used on more luxurious models, including the new G6 sedan. Chery said at least five models are planned under the Riich brand, including a sporty coupe and three compacts.

The Rely name will be used mainly on sport-utility vehicles and multipurpose vehicles.

Introducing the high-end models represents Chery’s efforts to enter the higher market segments. It also paves the way for the automaker to drive into overseas markets as competition in the domestic market stiffens.

Chery aims to boost its total sales by 17 percent to 419,000 units this year, including 263,000 sold in China and 156,000 for export.

The first model, the Riich G6, rolled off the assembly line at a plant in Wuhu on Wednesday. Equipped with a 192-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 or a turbocharged 168-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Chery said the car would be on par with the Audi A6L, the most popular business sedan in China.

“The (G6) will play a major role in expanding into the mid-to-high-class segment and compete with premier cars made by foreign rivals,” Chery said in a statement.

The self-developed Riich G6 will sell between $26,000 and $32,000. It features double-wishbone suspension with adjustable shocks, bi-xenon headlamps, LED taillamps, a rearview back-up camera, power seats and more.

Chery said the Riich G-series will be followed by M-, X- and Z-series models.

功率(Kw/rpm) 125KW/5500 / 143KW/5500

整备质量(Kg) 1735KG

长/宽/高:4968×1845×1526 轴距:2820

 瑞麒G6,也就是以前所称的“东方之子6”,厂家内部代号B12,是奇瑞公司拥有完全知识产权的一款中高端C级轿车。主要设计理念是享受工作,体验人性和科技完美结合。

 瑞麒G6的设计,主要针对公务与商务用车市场,是国内自主品牌第一款真正意义上的高档轿车。瑞麒G6由奇瑞和意大利著名的博通汽车设计公司合作,在整合先进设计思想和紧跟国内外流行趋势的基础上,完成外观造型设计。接下来,奇瑞历经5年多的工程开发,200万公里路试,精心设计调教,负责实施了车型开发的全过程。在轩辕(F11)项目暂停后,作为奇瑞的最高端车型,肩负着重塑品牌形象,冲击合资与进口豪华车阵营,开拓中高端市场的重任。

 与定价50多万,拉长的2.4升奥迪A6L相比,除了车身长度与轴距稍短,无论是尺寸、动力指标,整车性能,几乎各项参数,瑞麒G6都完全不落下风。

  不过,瑞麒G6的最高车速和0~100公里加速时间,与奥迪A6L相比,略有差距,这反映了其动力单元的设置,仍未达到最优,需要在后续款型中,作进一步的优化调教。

  如此先进的整车性能,高端的配置,同样意味着高成本与高价位。瑞麒G6将彻底摆脱奇瑞车型的低端形象。估计其定价肯定超过15万,主力型号的价格,将集中在20万上下,也就是18~22万这个区间。