Crossover with protection against coronavirus collected 30 thousand pre-orders per dayMarch 2, 2020
Geely began accepting orders for the Icon crossover, developed in conjunction with Volvo. The Chinese automaker announced that the novelty is equipped with a special climate control IAPS, which is able to protect the occupants from bacteria and viruses. Demand exceeded expectations: in the first day more than 30 thousand pre-orders were collected.
Geely estimated the base version of the Icon crossover at 115,800 yuan – about 4,000 yuan less than the starting price of the Chinese Hyundai Creta analogue. Top performance will cost 128,800 yuan.
In addition to the special IAPS climate system, which can protect against coronavirus, the standard equipment includes a 10.25-inch virtual dashboard, a touchscreen multimedia system with the same diagonal, heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry system.
The only available power unit for the Geely Icon is a 1.5-liter 177-horsepower (255 Nm of torque) turbo engine, familiar from the Volvo XC40. Transmission – a preselective seven-speed robotized gearbox, the drive – to the front wheels.
Optionally, the crossover can be electrified by understaffing with a 48-volt starter-generator. Hybridization will reduce fuel consumption and increase peak output to 190 forces and 300 Nm.
The IAPS installation can be considered a system of protection against bacteria of the first level, because Geely plans to develop a special car with antiviral finishing materials and advanced filters of the air conditioning system. 370 million yuan were allocated for the project.
As for the Geely Icon, the all-terrain vehicle may appear in Russia, because the model is declared as “global”. However, while the Russian office of Geely said that talking about the prospects for sales outside of China is premature.
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