Khodrocar - Geely has revealed a new flagship saloon model at the Beijing Motor Show – and for the first time it seems that a domestic Chinese car could be the one to set the bar for the rest of the world to follow.
The Bo Rui GE (pronounced bow ray) is the first Geely to come out of the new design centers set up by new head of design Peter Horbury, who has been pinched from Volvo to oversee design at all of Geely’s subsidiaries, including Lotus and LEVC, which makes the London taxi.
Horbury said that the new car wasn’t a reflection of Western influence, but rather a sign that tastes in China are changing:
"Chinese consumers have also become more sophisticated and mature than ever before. Working to satisfy the needs of this new generation of vehicle users has helped us evolved into a confident global brand capable of developing segment leading cars that contains subtle hints of its Chinese origin."
Speaking at the reveal of the car, Geely CEO An Conghui said that the new Bo Riu GE has been designed as a practical choice in a new technological era: "We’re not making playthings for the rich," he said. "We’re making cars for people to use, not collect."
The new sedan is available exclusively powered by a 1.5-liter engine on its own or with a plug-in hybrid setup with an internally developed seven-speed automatic transmission that adds power and cuts fuel consumption.
Peter Horbury gave reporters at the Beijing show an overview of the car, saying that the front and rear lights were inspired by Chinese lanterns and the "twist of a gymnast’s ribbon," introducing the "expanding cosmos" grille and an interesting interior that features a 12-inch touchscreen fitted flush in the dashboard.
When it’s hooked up to the standard six-speed manual transmission, the engine will burn about 4.1-4.2 liters / 100 km in the combined cycle, while with the optional eight-speed automatic it will sip a low 3.9-4.0 liters for every 100 km. The PSA-sourced mill comes to replace the old 1.6-liter diesel, which not only had less power (120 hp / 88 kW), but it was thirstier by around four percent.
The new engine joins the more powerful and larger 177-hp (133-kW) 2.0-liter in the diesel lineup available for the Grandland X, with both of them meeting the Euro 6d-TEMP standard that will become mandatory for all new cars registered beginning with September 2019.
For even more efficiency, you will have to wait for the partially electrified Grandland X set to arrive by the end of the decade. When it will eventually go on sale, it will become Opel’s very first plug-in hybrid production model. Details about the setup have not been disclosed, but we won’t be too surprised if it will have many things in common with the powertrain inside the all-wheel-drive DS7 Crossback E-Tense. The latter will go on sale early next year with a combined 300 hp generated by a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors.