Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Geely is Now Making Their Own 7-Seater SUV with the 2020 Haoyue


Geely has just unveiled their first three-row SUV: the 2020 Haoyue. With a name that literally translates as “Auspicious” it has just been launched online for its home market of China.

Measuring in at 4,835 mm in length, 1,900 mm in width, and 1,780 mm in height (wheelbase is at 2,815 mm), the Geely Haoyue slots well into the mid-sized SUV category populated by the likes of pickup-based passenger vehicles like the Toyota Fortuner and some unibody offerings like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-8.


While it’s dimensionally unremarkable, Geely says the Haoyue’s a “space magician” (their words, not ours). Equipped with a sliding second row that moves fore and aft by 40 mm, passengers seated there can enjoy up to a meter in leg space. Meanwhile, third row passengers enjoy 886 mm of leg space, while also being able to comfortably accommodate tall passengers (up to 1.9 meters or more than 6 feet, according to Geely).

The Haoyue’s “high quality” platform also boasts of a flat second and third row giving it up to 2,050 liters of luggage space. Putting that into perspective, it can swallow appliances such as refrigerators or LCD TVs. In fact, Geely says it can easily accommodate a double bed-sized mattress. The clever design continues to its sheer number of cubby holes—42 spread around the cabin.


Like the Geely Coolray and the Azkarra, the Haoyue features a double-layer interior design. Front and center is a “floating” 12.3-inch infotainment cluster. The driver also enjoys full digital instrumentation as well.

Outside, the Haoyue features a more mature take on Geely Design with a large number of straight lines to emphasize its size. Upfront are active matrix LED headlights that can adjust lighting both horizontally and vertically giving drivers the best visibility depending on road and traffic conditions, while at the back are “Wings of Light and Shadow” LED taillights. Ground clearance stands at 190 mm. It also debuts the new brand logo which replaces the black and blue checkered design for an all black one.


In terms of powertrain options, the Haoyue is available with two turbocharged gasoline engines. The first is familiar because it’s the same one found in the Coolray and Azkarra. With that, it makes 177 horsepower and 255 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, there’s also a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder version making 183 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. Both come with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic.

When asked about its potential launch in the Philippines, Geely’s official distributor, Sojitz G Auto Philippines says that given the popularity of 7-seater SUVs in the country, Haoyue is being seriously considered for local sale. If ever it will be sold here though, it won’t be in the immediate future. Like the Azkarra and the Coolray, it will likely carry a different name once it reaches Philippine shores.

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