Chery light hatch touches down

The Chery J1 light hatch will be available from an eye-catching $11,990 drive away, making it the joint cheapest car available in Australia today alongside the Proton S16 and Geely MK.
The Chery J1 light hatch will be available from an eye-catching $11,990 drive away, making it the joint cheapest car available in Australia today alongside the Proton S16 and Geely MK. Contributed

CHERY Motors has just launched its first assault on the Australian market, with the cut-price Chinese manufacturer offering its Chery J1 light hatch and Chery J11 compact SUV through its 45 national dealers.

The little J1 hatch will be available from an eye-catching $11,990 drive away, making it the joint cheapest car available in Australia today alongside the Proton S16 and Geely MK, which is available only in Western Australia.

Neither the J1 nor J11 are offered with electronic stability control as standard or as an option, meaning they won't be available for sale in Victoria with its tough motor vehicle safety rules.

The Cherys will be on-sale in every other state, however, including Queensland.

You also don't get side airbags in the J1 or J11 when they're reasonably expected these days, but there are plenty of positives to take from the new Chinese offerings, besides their bargain price tags.

The 62kW 1.3-litre five-door hatchback J1 incorporates dual airbags, ABS, EBD, MP3 player, air-conditioning and power steering, as well as plenty of electric functions.

Just a few years ago, these would have been seen as very generous standard inclusions.

The J1's economy figure of 6.7litres/100km is reasonable if hardly impressive from a modern petrol engine in a car roughly the size of a Nissan Micra.

The J11 SUV has similar specifications to the J1 but includes leather seats and alloy wheels, and is powered by a 2.0-litre four cylinder engine good for 102kW and 182Nm of torque.

The SUV Chery starts at $19,990 for the manual variant, or you can step into an automatic version featuring cruise control for an extra $2000.

The Chinese company is no newbie to the automotive world and has proved very successful in its homeland.

Chery produced more than 680,000 cars in 2010, and has been the biggest seller among the independent Chinese car brands for nine years in a row.

All Chery vehicles sold in Australia are covered by a three-year, 100,000km warranty which includes 24/7 roadside assistance, with the J1s and J11s going on sale from Tuesday.

Check out this memorable gift for Ipswich

Ipswich and District Athletic Club runners Nicholas Grant and Larissa Chambers after winning the latest Ipswich Gift races.

Winning sprint double in handicap races

Park named in honour of one-punch victim

IN MEMORY: A Goodna park has been named in honour of fatal assault victim Lindsay Ede.

Goodna park officially renamed Lindsay Ede Memorial Reserve

Is a serial tree poisoner at large in Ipswich?

TIMBER!: Tree loppers begin to remove six ornamental Ficus microcarpa trees at Queens Park in the interest of public safety.

Historic trees come tumbling down in Queens Park

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'

What's on this week

GRAB A BARGAIN: The Cameron Park Market is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Five things to do in Ipswich

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Navy man Keller ready to marry a perfect stranger

Former Navy engineer Keller is a participant in season three of Married At First Sight.

Tattoos are just the surface of Married At First Sight groom.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa