Serial minivan Geely: another joint development with Volvo?September 25, 2018
The precursor of the van – MPV Concept – the company Geely introduced last year at the Shanghai Motor Show. In April 2018, the appearance of the serial embodiment of the concept was declassified: the photo models appeared in the base of the Ministry of Industry of China. Now Geely has published the official pictures. The timing of the premiere of the novelty has not yet been announced. It is not excluded that the minivan will be brought to the motor show in Guangzhou, which will open in November.
The model is still known under the in-plant code VF11. Details about Venus in Geely were not shared, however, in the certification body of the Celestial Empire, some characteristics were indicated. Thus, the length of the monocab is 4706 mm, the width is 1909 mm, the height is 1664 mm, the wheelbase is 2805 mm. That is, in its dimensions Geely VF11 slightly did not reach the European Ford S-Max (4796/1916/1655 mm, the distance between the axles – 2850 mm). “Chinese” will be available with a five-, six- or seven-seater saloon.
On the platform of accurate information yet. Some local media write that the VF11 is based on Geely’s own development platform. According to another version, the van is based on the platform CMA, created by the Chinese together with Volvo (the Swedish brand belongs to Gili) – it also built, for example, the SUV Volvo XC40 and models of the brand Lynk & Co (joint project Geely and Volvo) . There is a third version – the minivan is based on the BMA platform, which is, in fact, a cheaper modification of the AGR with a semi-independent rear suspension. On the platform BMA based debuting recently cross Geely Binyue (factory index SX11) and sedan Geely Binrui.
According to preliminary data, the minivan will be offered with a 1.5-liter petrol engine of 177 hp. Probably, this is a three-cylinder engine, developed again with Volvo, at least, the engine with such characteristics is present in the Geely Binyue officially presented with a “parket” (maximum torque is 255 Nm). At the crossover this motor is combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission. By the way, the same engine is equipped and Volvo XC40, but the “Swede” returns 156 hp and 265 Nm.
It is also expected that the Geely VF11 will have a rechargeable hybrid version with a 1.5-liter engine and an electric motor. The aggregate power of PHEV is unknown, but there are data on fuel consumption – 1.7 l / 100 km. In addition, according to Chinese media, the minivan will still have a fully electric version.
The plans to sell wen outside of China in Geely were not reported. By the way, if in Europe the popularity of MPV falls, then in the Middle Kingdom this segment is experiencing a real boom, there are plenty of competitors for the upcoming Geely novelty. Among the rivals VF11 – BYD Song Max, just debuted the compact Chevrolet Orlando second generation, GAC Trumpchi GM6 and Buick GL6. Even Volkswagen intends to soon launch a new MPV on the Chinese market.