And with a punchy blown 4-pot under the bonnet, it’s quite the package.
Chinese automaker Geely, the namesake marque behind the conglomerate that owns more recognisable brands like Volvo, Lotus, and PROTON, has just release its latest contender to take on the insatiable craze around SUVs. It’s called the FY11 and while SUVs are cool & trendy, none are cooler or trendier than SUV-coupés, and that’s exactly what the new car is.
The FY11 shares the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) as the Volvo XC40 and as a result, uses the same set of drivetrains. So under the bonnet you get a familiar 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine putting out 175kW and 350Nm, with power going to either the front or all-four wheels depending on situational requirements. The FY11 hasn’t been given official dimensions & weight figures, but we reckon a 6.0-second century sprint time and a real-world consumption figure around 8L/100km.
Geely intimated that other drivetrains may be available, and so there’s a likelihood that the FY11 will offer 3-cylinder petrols & 4-cylinder diesels further down the line. This will be critical to cement the FY11’s appeal in the European market, something that Geely’s had its eye on for some time.
It’s unclear if the sleek Geely FY11 will come to Australia though if it does, it’s not likely we’ll see a Geely badge on the nose. Since its acquisition, the Chinese company has moulded Malaysian marque PROTON into its future flag-bearer in right-hand drive markets, with the firm set to resume heavy export operations across the region. Australia’s being considered for re-entry – maybe that’s how we’ll get our sleek Chinese crossovers?