At the beginning of December, Seres announced that it would storm the Dutch market. Seres makes no bones about it and not only releases the technical specifications of its electrically powered first-born, but immediately provides the compact crossover with Dutch price tags.
The Seres 3 is a 3.39 meter long electric crossover that with those dimensions is about 9 centimeters larger than the MG ZS EV, but more or less falls in the same segment. The wheelbase of the Seres 3 is 2.66 meters. The Sino-American Seres 3 is basically a modified version of the Fengon E3 from the Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng. That made us suspect that the specifications of the Seres 3 would almost match that Chinese crossover. That turns out to be correct.
The Seres 3 has a cobalt-free battery pack of 52 kWh in its bottom, with which the crossover should be able to achieve a range of 320 kilometers (WLTP). The battery pack of the five-seater can be filled with electricity from 20 to 80 percent of its capacity on a fast charger in 30 minutes. On the front axle is a 163 hp and 200 300 Nm strong electric motor that helps the Seres 3 to a speed of 100 km / h in 8.9 seconds. Its top speed is 155 km / h.
The Seres 3 has a starting price of € 37,995 in the Netherlands. That price is above the starting price of the MG ZS EV, an electric SUV that costs just under 31 mille. However, the MG ZS EV is slightly smaller, has a less powerful electric motor (143 hp) and, with its range of 263 kilometers, squeezes a smaller range from its smaller battery pack of 45 kWh. The Seres 3 is also relatively spacious in its belongings.
For the starting price of € 37,995 you get a Seres 3 delivered that is on 18-inch light metal, is equipped with LED lighting all around and is further topped with almost everything you could wish for in a regular passenger car. Climate control? Present. The same applies to cruise control, a glass panoramic roof, all-round parking assistance, electrically adjustable front seats and even a complete leather-covered interior. Privacy glass, heated front seats, a leather-covered steering wheel, keyless go, a rain sensor and electrically heated and adjustable exterior mirrors are also part of the standard equipment. In all cases, centrally located on the dashboard is a 10.25-inch large screen that belongs to the infotainment system. You can even charge your phone wirelessly in the Seres 3.
The Seres 3 is also completely up to date in terms of safety systems. Hill Start Assist, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Control, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Emergency Braking System and Electronic Parking Brake are all standard.
Seres says it is still working on a towbar option for the Seres 3, more about this will be announced in the first quarter of 2021. The Seres 3 can be configured online immediately and can also be ordered.
Will it stay with the Seres 3? Of course not. Seres has already placed the Seres 5 (photos 34 to 36) and Seres 7 (photos 37 to 41) on its website, larger EVs that the company will release more of later.