Geely has released some images teasing a future new model, one that following one of the most annoying automotive trends of the past decade: the coupe SUV. From the looks of it, the automaker is close to a full production reveal, due to sit alongside their current crop of traditionally shaped SUVs and crossovers such as the Emgrand X7 and Emgrand X7 Sport.
Evidenced by the sloping roofline that would compromise what could be exceptional headroom for rear passengers, this mysterious newcomer from the Chinese automaker follows in the footsteps of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLC/E Coupe.
The car itself has yet to be named, of course, but is identified plainly as ‘Coupe SUV’ instead of an internal prototype code or number (FY11). Refreshing, and it certainly does not leave their intention up for debate. They know the coupe SUV body style has picked up steam over the past few years and they’d like a slice of the pie, perhaps it’s becoming more popular with buyers in their home market.
Unsurprisingly, the company is also positioning this new model as a sportier take on the SUV, slimming down certain exterior elements such as its front grille and headlight clusters to give it a “strong predator cat appearance” - their words.
The FY11 is based on the Compact Modular Architecture, the same platform that underpins the Volvo XC40, all vehicles by Lynk & Co, as well as the Geely Borui saloon, indicating that it will likely sport more modest dimensions over the aforementioned BMW and Mercedes-Benz it takes design inspiration from.
Also likely is that a swatch of 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre engine options will accompany the car upon launch, mirroring the Volvo’s T4 and T5 branded tiers along with automatic transmissions sourced from Japanese manufacturer Aisin.
However, should Geely elect to instead mirror the X7’s powertrain selection, the spectrum could be considerably more varied with 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre naturally aspirated units as well as a turbocharged 1.8-litre four-pot petrol in the mix.